FIFA boss invites Bolt to Brazil World Cup

Zurich, Aug 29 (IANS/CMC) FIFA president Joseph Blatter has invited sprint sensation Usain Bolt to Brazil to witness football's biggest showpiece, the 2014 world Cup.

Blatter issued the invitation during a visit by Bolt to football's headquarters Wednesday ahead of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zürich Thursday evening at the Letzigrund Stadium in Switzerland.

"For years, he has dominated speed events," said the FIFA President.

"I'm very proud that this great gentleman is here. He also showed again recently that the 4x100m is very important to him, which proves that he is a team player, just like in football."

The world's top football executive presented the fastest man on the planet with a number of gifts including a ticket to Brazil, a shiny FIFA pennant, a fluffy World Cup 2014 mascot and a shirt with the athlete's name printed on the back.

Bolt who recently turned 27 said he was pleased to visit the Home of FIFA for the first time.

"For me, it's an honour to be herey," he said.

"I follow football and today I saw the World Cup Trophy for the first time."

Bolt became the top medal winner in World Championships Athletics history after claiming 10 medals, eight gold and two silver.




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