Bolt challenges athletes to 'pick up the slack'
Usain Bolt has challenged the current crop of athletes to "step up" and "pick up the slack" but says it will take time for athletics to move on following his retirement.
Sprint king Bolt called time on his remarkable career last year and will go down as one of the all-time sporting greats, with eight Olympic gold medals among his long list of achievements.
The 100 metres and 200m world record holder left a huge void in his sport, but the Jamaican wants to see other athletes rise to stardom on the track in his absence.
"I've said it to a few of the athletes that now that I've gone, they're always going to look for somebody else. It doesn't have to be the 100 metres or 200 metres. It doesn't have to be in sprint." Bolt said at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
"They just need somebody with personality, someone with heart in the competition to do great. So, hopefully someone will pick up the slack. I don't know who it will be. We'll see."
Asked how athletics can move on from his retirement, the 31-year-old said: "It's definitely going to take time. It's not always going to be like this, I know that much. But it's going to take time and I've said it to a few of the athletes that this is your time.
"The sport needs somebody else to really step up and to be that person. It's a wide, open playing field so it's just [up to] that person to step up and do it.
"But I'm still track and field so no matter if they talk about me. I'm still a part of the sport, that's how I feel, no matter what."