Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive has confirmed that the nine-times Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will train with the Bundesliga team.
Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker magazine on Sunday that “it was no joke” and “not a marketing move”.
Watzke was responding to a report in the Guardian that Bolt planned to train with Dortmund, one of the top Bundesliga teams.
Dortmund and Bolt are both sponsored by the same Germany-based sports goods company Puma, whose president contacted Dortmund to say that Bolt had asked about training with the team.
“We decided this some time ago,” Watzke said. “Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden, who is member of our board, has told us that Usain is highly interested in practising with us.
“For us that’s no problem. Our coach Thomas Tuchel likes the idea as well. Of course he won’t visit us in an important week with Champions League matches but maybe in the pre-season. We are delighted and take this as an honour.’
Asked if Bolt could have a future in Dortmund, Watzke replied: “We don’t even need to talk about it.”