Usain Bolt responded to claims that he criticized the ongoing 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, by calling the reports “nonsense” on Wednesday.
The six-time Olympic champion was quoted by The Times newspaper as saying that he was not having too much fun in Glasgow and that the London Olympics had been better, and reportedly called the Glasgow Games “a bit s***.”
The Jamaican sprinter took to Twitter on Wednesday denying he had made the remarks.
I'm waking up to this nonsense..journalist please don't create lies to make headlines
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 30, 2014
Bolt’s manager, Ricky Simms, also reportedly slammed the reports, calling it “utter rubbish.”
"The atmosphere in and around the stadiums has been absolutely fantastic and I have absolutely no idea where these quotes have come from," Simms reportedly said.
According to The Times, Bolt had made the comments while he was waiting for his car, in the rain, shortly after meeting with the royal family at the Athletes’ Village in Glasgow.
According to BBC, a spokesperson for the Commonwealth Games Federation responded to The Times report, saying: “The Glasgow Games have so far been fantastic and everyone there, including the competing athletes, seems to be having a brilliant time,” adding: "Usain Bolt must just be having an off day.”
On Saturday, the 27-year-old athlete, who is scheduled to run in the 4x100m relay on Friday and Saturday, reportedly said, when asked about his expectations from the Glasgow games: “A lot of rain maybe, seeing a lot of kilts around the place. I didn't come here with expectations, I'm just coming out and trying to see the country. I guess they will try to show me their culture.
''I always stay in the athletes' village, it's always fun to be among the athletes, it makes you relax more.”