Commonwealth Games 2014: Glasgow handed boost as Usain Bolt reveals he is available to compete for Jamaican relay team

Bolt has struggled with injury but has confirmed he would like to run in the relay event in Scotland

Usain Bolt has announced he is available to compete for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The 27-year-old confirmed on his official website that although he is unavailable for the national championships he has told the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) he wants to feature in Scotland, but may only take part in the relay event.

"I am not ready to compete at the Jamaican Championships this weekend but I have informed the JAAA's that I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow," the six-time Olympic gold medallist said.

"I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event but am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow."

Bolt, the world-record holder over 100 and 200 metres, earlier this month announced he was pulling out of events in Ostrava and Paris after being forced to miss training earlier in the year due to a foot injury.

With the Paris Diamond League meeting occurring on July 5, there were fears Bolt would not be ready for the Glasgow extravaganza, which gets under way on July 23.

However, the 27-year-old's announcement will be a definite boost to Glasgow's organisers as Bolt's global appeal means he will be a star attraction at the Games, even if he is not competing in the individual races.

"I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event," he added.

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