Saturday 7 December 2019

Usain Bolt: The Times publishes transcript of interview where they claim he labelled Commonwealth Games 'a bit s***'

Usain Bolt has dismissed claims he described the Commonwealth Games as
Usain Bolt has dismissed claims he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit s***" as "nonsense"

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has said it was "nonsense" that he had called the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow "a bit s***".

He is said to have made the comments to a reporter from The Times, which today published the conversation in full.

Angus Macleod, the newspaper's Scottish editor, said he stood by the story "100 per cent".

Six-time Olympic champion Bolt denied yesterday that he had made the comments, responding on his Twitter feed by saying: "I'm waking up to this nonsense..journalist please don't create lies to make headlines."

Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said he accepted Bolt's version of events.

Hooper said: "We take Mr Bolt at his word. We're very pleased with how he's responded and that's our position."

The encounter was reportedly as follows:

Katie Gibbons (KG, Times reporter): Hi Usain, I'm Katie Gibbons, a reporter from The Times. Nice to meet you.

Usain Bolt (UB): Hi.

KG: How are you?

UB: (Shrugs)

KG: So are you enjoying the games? Are you having fun?

UB: No.

KG: Really, why not?

UB: I'm just not... it's a bit s***. (Shrugs, looks up to grey sky).

KG: What do you mean?

UB: I've only been here two days.

KG: Is it like the Olympics?

UB: Nah. Olympics were better.

KG: Really, how?

UB: (Shrugs).

KG: Where are you off to now?

UB: To do some business.

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