Everyone knows it is hard to make it into the Olympic Games, but it may be just as hard to stay. Sprinter Kim Collins, representing St. Kitts and Nevis, said he has been banned from competing in the men's 100-meter dash because he spent a night -- or three -- outside officially sanctioned dormitories in London's Olympic Village.
Collins claimed he was simply visiting his wife/coach in a hotel room outside the Olympic grounds. Because the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee requires all athletes to stay in the Olympic Village dormitories, however, it booted Collins from the team.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5, Collins said St. Kitts and Nevis officially revoked his accreditation, meaning he will not be able to compete in any events at the Olympics, including that 100-meter dash, the 200-meter event, and the 4X100-meter relay.
"What am I supposed to do? I'm going home. My accreditation was canceled. I am not walking away. I was pushed out. I have to go home," Collins told the BBC. "Maybe this Olympic medal ain't for me. They're asking me to abandon my wife for the team. It's not going to happen."
Collins vented his frustration over the ban with some harsh words on Facebook, according to USA Today. "Hours before my 5th 100m olympic race, i now find out i cant run, all because i was in a hotel with my wife/coach," Collins wrote. "S.K.N.O.C Really? Are you freakig kiddin me!"
Collins followed up with several outraged tweets: "My fans. I won't lie. Won't be running later tonight. ... For those who saw me run in Mexico. That's the last time I represent my country."
The sprinter followed these tweets up with the observation that "Even men in prison get their wives to visit."
Collins is the second athlete from St. Kitts and Nevis to be disciplined at the Olympics this year. Sprinter Tameka Williams, the team's only woman, was kicked off the team due to the fact she was suspected of a possible drug violation.
Despite being sent home, Williams did not test positive for any banned substances. However, a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee said she had used a substance "clearly outside the medical code," according to the Associated Press.