Swiss athletics fans will be thrilled with the news that Jamaica’s six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt will compete at the IAAF Diamond League final meeting in Zurich on 29 August, organisers for the meeting announced on Monday (13).
The fastest man on earth will this year make his sixth appearance at the legendary Letzigrund Stadium.
“I am excited to go back to Zurich," said Bolt. "I love the electric atmosphere at the stadium, and both the competition and the events during the week of the meeting are always extremely well organised."
The 100m and 200m World record-holder will arrive in the city after competing at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
“I have been to Zurich several times but haven’t yet been able to see much of the city," he added. "I hear Zurich is a very nice city. Maybe I will get to spend a few days there this year after the meet."
He will decide closer to the event whether he will line up for the 100m or the 200m race at the famous meeting.
Meeting Director Patrick Magyar expects another grand night of athletics after a very successful edition last summer, following the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“We are delighted to be able to sign our agreement with the most popular athlete already now. And fans will have to make sure to secure their tickets for the event even earlier than usually,” commented Magyar, ahead of tickets going on sale locally on Tuesday 14 May.
Organisers for the IAAF
2013 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 10 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
New York, USA – 25 May
Eugene, USA – 1 Jun
Rome, ITA – 6 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 26-27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep