Bolt in row with British newspaper

Double world record holder Usain Bolt is said to be in a row with a British reporter

Double world record holder Usain Bolt is said to be in a row with a British reporter

GLASGOW, Scotland, (CMC) – A row has broken out in Glasgow over comments a newspaper claimed were made by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to describe the Commonwealth Games currently underway here.

The Times reporter, Katie Gibbons, claims Bolt told her that he thought “the Olympics were better”, that he was “not really” having fun in Glasgow and felt the Games were “a bit shit”.

However the 27-year-old sprinter has dismissed reports of his comments as ‘nonsense’.

“I’m waking up to this nonsense,” Bolt tweeted. “Journalist please don’t create lies to make headlines”.

However, the Times’ Scottish editor, Angus Macleod, says he had full confidence in Gibbons.

“We stand by this story 100 per cent,” he said. “We have utter confidence in this story.”

Reports here suggest that the Times were considering whether to publish a full transcript of the short interview with Bolt in Thursday’s paper.

Meantime, Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms has also dismissed the reports as “utter rubbish”.

“The atmosphere in and around the stadium has been absolutely fantastic and I have absolutely no idea where these quotes have come from,” said Bolt.

Games officials say the row is not diverting attention from the track and field action.

“We take Mr Bolt at his word. His tweet says it all. These are a fantastic Games,” said Mike Hooper, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“As you saw in his press conference last Saturday, he is very upbeat. He is really positive about running the relay and I don’t wish to comment on the journalist and work of the Times.”

Bolt is competing only in the 4 x 100m relay after struggling with a foot injury.



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  1. Mae Bloomfoeld. August 2, 2014 at 01:41 - Reply

    If you read the original report, which she had to print, Bolt was pointing up to the cloudy skies and was obviously referring to the weather because not only was it drizzling (and he had on no raincoat) but he was waiting for a long time for either a bus or a cab to “do some business.” When she asked him if he was having a good time, he pointed up to the skies and said, IT is really ———-aint it?

    Gibbons really made a meal of this one. If it was malicious and a low shot to turn a nothing story into something, then she is climbing on Bolt’s name to get mileage and should wo-“man up”….apologize.


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