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Bolt 'too expensive' for meet

2012-08-18 17:52

Stockholm - Newly-crowned Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt was deliberately not invited to the Stockholm Diamond League meeting because the Jamaican commands too great an appearance fee, according to organisers.

Meet organiser Jan Kowalski told the Expressen tabloid: "We'd get to saturation point if he were to run every year.

"We had talks with him but we thought 'is it worth paying the price for him to come?'"

The absence of the world's fastest man, who appeared at the Stockholm meet three times between 2009-11, was marked by many more empty seats in the stadium than usual, Expressen said.

AFP

Comments
  • Wesley - 2012-08-18 18:27

    Easy to get him there for free, just tell him they will focus the cameras on him the whole time. Hy is mos kamera bef@k

  • Sidney Olifant - 2012-08-18 18:45

    Its all about the money what about our obligation towards those who need upliftment,This happens when you are on top tipical superstars they do nothing for mahala.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-20 10:58

      What are you doing for upliftment??

  • nancy.mahlase - 2012-08-18 19:20

    Isn't it sad what fame can do to some people? Can't Bolt do this to help those who look up to him? The love of money really is the root of evil.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-20 10:59

      as if you will feed him when he starves. That is his job and he is allowed to charged whatever he deems fit to charge. Do you rock up for work just to please those who look up to you without expecting pay??

  • Mabandla - 2012-08-18 20:03

    He is a professional athlete, of course he gets paid to show up. He doesn't get paid to run, if he had no sponsors and did not get paid appearance fees how do you think he would pay to train, live, eat, travel to meets and the rest of it? You reckon that's all free do you? You don't show up at work for free. So why should he? How naive are you people? This isn't about fame, he needs to eat too. And what does his running or not running got to do with uplifting others. He is a sprinter, he runs, that is all. If he hadn't spent all those years toiling away in obscurity, not making any money, just waiting for a chance to do what he does now, none of you would have heard of him. He deserves what he gets paid, he earned it. Do not begrudge him the trappings of his success.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-20 11:00

      Well said!

  • sello.malitjane - 2012-08-19 12:07

    He is more than entitled to request what ever fee. I do not believe fame has got to his head nor changed him. The organizers could not afford him. He did not say he won't attend if he does not get the requested amount.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-20 10:57

    He is more than entitled to charge the price he wants for appearances.. Music artist do it all the time. Celebraties charge to loads of cash to appear at events. Fastest man on earth!!!

  • atlholang.richmond1 - 2012-08-20 21:20

    they tried to conpete with him, they couldn't endure,there he is standing waiting for a challenge, no one is appearing coz all of them must be now tired. lol

  • samkelo.s.sithole - 2012-08-22 09:58

    with the ppro crowds they experienced, they sure as hell will invite him next time, and they'll give him whatever he charges them. thats how the world goes. even in companies, they go for the best if they want the job done, and more often than not, they give you more money than your previous employer!

      samkelo.s.sithole - 2012-08-22 09:59

      meant 'poor' there!

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