I didn't call the Commonwealth Games s*** – Bolt
Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30
THE fastest man on the planet needed to step gingerly yesterday to avert a diplomatic row over claims he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit s***".
World record holder over 100m Usain Bolt dismissed the quote in 'The Times' newspaper as "nonsense". He went on to attend Jamaica's Sunshine Girls' netball match against New Zealand where he smiled, gyrated to the music and posed for pictures.
The media were kept at bay, with one reporter temporarily evicted from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Bolt made a dash for it after the match, which Jamaica lost 50-42.
He shouted "awesome" when asked to describe his Commonwealth Games experience.
But the nervous looks worn by Bolt's support staff, which included his manager Ricky Simms and school friend Nugent Walker, suggested they were anxious about how their man's alleged comments would go down with the locals.
Bolt lines up in the 4 x 100m heats in Hampden Park stadium tomorrow before the finals on Saturday.
His alleged comments came after he had left a reception with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
He was standing in the drizzle, "obviously unhappy", at the time of the exchange.
He allegedly said he was "not really" having fun, adding that the London 2012 Olympics "were better". Bolt then left to "do some business".
His comments are additionally sensitive because his sponsor Virgin Media is an official partner of the Games.
Gordon Shepherd, Scotland women's hockey coach, described the comments as "disrespectful" to Glaswegians. (© Daily Telegraph, London)