PRAGUE (AFP) - Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt announced on Sunday he was pulling out of the June 27 Golden Spike event in Ostrava in the Czech Republic, choosing instead to stay at home for training.
"I want to apologise to my fans in Ostrava, but this year I will not be coming to the Golden Spike meeting," he said in a statement offered by the organisers.
"Instead I will stay in Jamaica with my coach for an extra week to focus on training before coming to Europe," said Bolt, who won the 100 metres title at the Jamaican championships last Friday, clocking 9.94 seconds.
In Ostrava, he was originally scheduled to run the 4x100m relay together with another Jamaican star Yohan Blake, who pulled out earlier.
Bolt, Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter set a 4x100m relay world record of 36.84sec at the London Olympics last year.
Countryman Asafa Powell is still listed to compete in the Ostrava relay.
The event's star list also includes Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva (pole vault), Australia's Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Russia's Ivan Ukhov (high jump) and New Zealand's Valerie Adams (shot put).