Right after Penn Relays where the over 50,000 strong were apparently there just to see the fastest man on earth run the buzz was on for Adidas Grand Prix. Bolt was confirmed! Tickets on the homestretch finish line at Icahn Stadium were hard to come by. The press launch was held in Manhattan and everything was set to go.
Then, we all got the sad news. Bolt was injured the anouncement went. He would not be able to make this IAAF Diamond League event in NYC, afterall. The buzz disappeared, the temperature dropped and folks were no longer interested in getting tickets. Many started offloading those they had purchased.
By now the event is sold out. Sold out off the back of Bolt’s appearance.
Some reminded many of us that the last time the top Chinese hurdler, Liu Xiang, could not run he still came out on to the track and waved to the crowd.
Many of us are hoping that Bolt will do the same. I understand up to last night from a reliable international sport media person that he is, in fact, in town. Will he appear just to appease his adoring fans?
Does Adidas owe us that much?