World’s fastest man Usain Bolt offered almost $1 million to race rugby league players
By David Riccio From: The Sunday Telegraph June 20, 2010
SECRET negotiations to bring the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, to Australia were revealed today with the Olympic champion on the cusp of announcing he’s coming to Sydney.
Bolt is being offered almost $1 million and the chance to race the National Rugby League’s fastest players, including Greg Inglis and Jarryd Hayne, The (Sydney) Sunday Telegraph reported.
Organisers of the Athletics All Stars meet on September 15 have been talking with Bolt and said the discussions were “very positive”,
The Jamaican sprinter, who holds the world records for the 100m and 200m, has never raced in Australia and this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of world sport’s biggest stars.
Bolt’s arrival in Sydney would be one of Australian sport’s greatest coups - even at an estimated asking price of $1 million.
Billed as an athletics version of Twenty20 cricket by event organisers Competitive Edge, the night would also end one of rugby league’s greatest debates - who is the fastest man in the NRL?
The Sunday Telegraph understands that after more than three months of top-level talks, discussions between organisers and Bolt are now at an advanced stage.
“No, I can’t deny there have been talks,” meet director Hayden Knowles said.
"The discussions have been very positive, great actually.
"He would set the city alight without a doubt.
“We want this to happen, we think we have the resources and we are working extremely hard to make it happen.”
The event will also give fans an opportunity to farewell some of Australia’s athletes before the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October.