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Agent: Usain Bolt won’t play in Manchester United match

Jul 9, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

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Usain Bolt will not play in a special Manchester United match the day before the 100-meter heats at the world championships, his agent said in an email Tuesday.

Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, said Bolt would have loved to play had the match been on a suitable date after track season.

Bolt was reported by The Sun to be on the Manchester United squad to play Sevilla in a testimonial match for longtime United defender Rio Ferdinand.

That match is scheduled for Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Bolt gets to skip the preliminary round of the 100 meters in Moscow the following day, but his first-round heat later that night in Moscow would be around 12:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 10.

A flight from Manchester to Moscow takes about four hours. It appears Bolt’s dream to play for United must wait a bit longer.

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