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Usain Bolt under fire for trash-talking Commonwealth Games
Usain Bolt came under fire from Scots today after he reportedly claimed the Commonwealth Games are ‘a bit s***’ and the Olympics ‘were better’.
The world’s fastest man arrived in Scotland on Saturday and was expected to compete in the 4x100m relay for Jamaica this weekend.
But Scottish fans are predicting the 100m sprint champion will get a frosty reception if he appears before the crowd in Glasgow after a report of his off-hand comments emerged.
Bolt and his manager today denied he had criticised the Games, with the sprinter branding the report ‘nonsense’.
The Times claimed this morning that Bolt was waiting for his car when he said the Games were ‘a bit s***’ and the Olympics ‘were better’.
The paper said that the world-famous runner was outside the athletes’ village in Glasgow last night when he uttered the judgment.
Bolt had spent the afternoon with Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, chatting and posing for photographs.
There was a backlash against the star on Twitter this morning, with some predicting a tough reception for the sprinter when he competes on Saturday.
Others said the comments would be a blow to those who had worked hard to organise the event.
Shona Robison, the Scottish National Party’s cabinet member for the Games, told the BBC: ‘We need to establish if Usain Bolt has said this and what he has said.
‘The feedback from the athletes – I was in the village the other day – they are having a great time. They have really praised the facilities.’
Ms Robison added: ’The spectators, they are just having a ball, cheering everybody on. It’s a great atmosphere. Glasgow is fantastic and the Games have been amazing on so many fronts – so well-organised and a great experience for everyone involved.’
Bolt later denied he made the comments, tweeting this morning: ‘I’m waking up to this nonsense… journalist please don’t create lies to make headlines.’
The denial was retweeted 1,600 times within two hours of posting it.
His manager, Ricky Simms, has also claimed the reports are ‘utter rubbish’, adding: ‘The atmosphere in and around the stadiums has been absolutely fantastic.’