Tuesday 31 March 2015

Commonwealth Games security guards reportedly fired for taking picture with Jamaican track star Usain Bolt

Two Glasgow 2014 security guards have reportedly been sacked for taking a 'selfie' with double Olympic champion Usain Bolt

Ben Bloom

Published 31/07/2014 | 16:46

Self distraction: Usain Bolt poses for pictures with a fan as he watches the Jamaican netball team Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Self distraction: Usain Bolt poses for pictures with a fan as he watches the Jamaican netball team Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Usain Bolt has been caught up in more controversy at the Commonwealth Games after two Glasgow 2014 security guards were reportedly sacked for taking their photograph with the Jamaican sprinter.

Bolt was training at Hampden Park earlier in the week when two security guards approached him and asked for a “selfie”, according to the Evening Standard.

The two guards have reportedly been relieved of their duties and the 15,000 Commonwealth Games volunteers, known as Clyde-siders, have been warned to remain professional at all times and not to approach athletes. Bolt is not thought to have played any part in the decision.

One volunteer at the athletics stadium was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “The [supervisor] was saying we shouldn’t be doing that with our mobile phones. Everyone was taking photographs of him but these two guys got punted [sacked].”

The incident comes after Bolt was caught up in a row over claims that he called the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow “a bit s***”.

The triple Olympic and world champion was quoted in the Times, who subsequently published the conversation in full, saying Glasgow 2014 did not compare to the London Olympics two years ago.

Bolt has denied making the comments, writing on Twitter: "I'm waking up to this nonsense..journalist please don't create lies to make headlines."

It is not only volunteers who have been caught up in the mania surrounding Bolt, with a press conference descending into farce last week when an Australian journalist asked for her own photo with the sprinter.

“Usain, we’re not here as journalists, we’re here as fans,” she said, before requesting her own 'selfie' with Bolt.

The Jamaican, who is not competing in the individual events in Glasgow, begins his campaign in the 4x100m relay heats on Friday.

I didn't call the Commonwealth Games s*** – Bolt


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