AFL chases Usain Bolt for grand final
Sydney Morning Herald
Usain Bolt, mighty mare Black Caviar and Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson are tipped to wow the AFL grand final crowd in September.
Jamaica's six-times Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter would run rings around last year's shambolic effort by aging rocker Meatloaf, who was rumoured to have been paid $500,000 for his mumbling medley.
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said on Friday he had invited the world's fastest man to the big game.
After winning the 100m, 200m and the 4 x 100m relay in London Bolt confirmed he planned a September holiday in Australia.
A cricket enthusiast, he as well as 100m silver medallist countryman Yohan Blake, have also been chased by Big Bash teams Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers to appear or even play.
Demetriou also confirmed on Friday the main act for September 29 had been booked.
He refused to give away any details but declared the performance would be better than Meatloaf.
"God, I hope so. Oh please. As long as they can sing, that'd be a good start," Demetriou said.
Just back from an extended mid-season family holiday enjoying the London Olympics and Europe, he said honouring the likes of Bolt, Pearson and Black Caviar would provide fans with a great moment of celebration.
"I remember many years ago when Muhammad Ali did a lap of the MCG, the reception he got, it was very moving.
"If Usain Bolt did make himself available, I think all of us would be in awe of his greatness and appreciate what we've seen."
Demetriou said he witnessed Bolt's 200-metres win and described it as a "sight to behold".
"We haven't seen a horse like Black Caviar and it would be good also to celebrate our Olympians who have performed admirably overseas."