Bolt pulls out of 2015 season to focus on Rio

Sprint-king Usain Bolt has made the decision to pull out the Brussels Diamond League and the rest of the 2015 events as he looks to put all of his focus on the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

After winning three gold medals at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, where he finished first place in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay with the Jamaican team, Bolt has decided to take a short break from competing as he looks to add to his Olympic gold medal tally next year.

"After the excitement of the past few weeks at the World T&F Championships in Beijing I have decided not to race again in 2015,” Bolt said in a statement on Monday.

"I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where I will attempt to defend my titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.

"I will enjoy a short break from training now to recharge before resuming background training next month."

Bolt suffered an injury-hampered 2015 season and will be looking to avoid that next year as he wants to be as fresh as possible for the Olympic Games, which is starts in August 2016.

The 29-year-old also took the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and congratulated him after his solid performance at the World Championships.

"I was looking forward to running there this year but I’m happy to end the season without any injuries and ready to go for 2016," the 100m and 200m world record-holder added.

"I have received unbelievable support over the past few weeks and would like to thank all the fans for their good wishes."