Usain Bolt's foundation joins forces with IAAF programme

Sep 28, 2015, 09:07 IST | IANS

Monaco: Athletics superstar Usain Bolt has announced that his foundation is to join forces with Athletics for a Better World, a programme of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt 

Athletics for a Better World provides organisations and people with a platform to use athletics to make a positive difference around the world, reports CMC.

As part of the programme, the Usain Bolt Foundation will be able to use the IAAF's global reach, marketing channels and sporting credibility to spread their message and reach more young people than ever before.

"I am very proud that the Usain Bolt Foundation is officially partnered with the IAAF's 'Athletics for a Better World'," said Bolt, world and Olympic 100 metre, 200m and 4x100m champion, on Saturday.

"Since the foundation was formed, we have worked very hard to inspire kids to become anything that their heart desires. So to be given this accolade by the IAAF is a reward for all the hard work, and a great opportunity for us to develop the foundation further and inspire more young people around the world".

Bolt will also add his name to the 12 athlete patrons currently involved in the campaign who include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marie-Jose Perec, Paula Radcliffe and Wilson Kipketer.

The Usain Bolt Foundation has invested millions of dollars, particularly in Jamaica, into community development projects that enhance the health and education of the young people involved.

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