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Bolt expected to boycott Olympic Stadium track meet

MAIN ATTRACTION: Bolt at London 2012

WHILE USAIN Bolt lit up the Olympic Stadium in east London last summer, it is unlikely that the world’s fastest man will return to the venue due to British tax regulations.

It was announced on January 24 that the Olympic Stadium would host the London Diamond League event on July 27 instead of its usual home of Crystal Palace.

However, it is believed that Bolt – who last raced at a track meeting in the UK in 2009 – will not compete at the Olympic Stadium in the summer as the UK government would claim 50 per cent of the 26-year-old’s profits.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist claimed three golds at the London 2012 Olympic Games after victory in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.

The Diamond League event on July 27 was the first and currently the only competition to be confirmed to take place at the £429m stadium.

Team GB Olympic heptathlon gold medal-winner Jessica Ennis said of the forthcoming meeting: “It is brilliant to hear that the British Athletics London GP is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium a year after the Games.

“It will give athletes and fans who did not get to experience the amazing venue the chance to go there, and for those of us who had the most incredible experiences on the track and field, an opportunity to relive a few memories.”

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