Usain Bolt accuses journalists of lies after Commonwealth Games 'gaffe'

Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt has sought to deflect a media storm after he was reported to have said the Commonwealth Games were "a bit shit".

Usain Bolt: in virtual form for Virgin Media's Commonwealth Games experiential activity
Usain Bolt: in virtual form for Virgin Media's Commonwealth Games experiential activity

Bolt tweeted earlier this morning: "I’m waking up to this nonsense... journalist please don’t create lies to make headlines."

According to today’s Times Bolt was found outside the athletes’ village yesterday saying that "he was ‘not really’ having fun in Scotland and felt the Games were 'a bit shit' before leaving 'to do some business"'.

A Commonwealth Games spokesman said: "Usain Bolt must just be having an off day."

Responding to the newspaper report, the Commonwealth Games Federation told the BBC it was "pleased" with Bolt’s response.

CEO Mike Hooper said: "We’re very pleased with how he’s responded and that’s our position.’

"He has said what he’s said and I don’t wish to comment on the journalistic work of The Times.

"We're not trying to be the Olympic Games. We're about the celebration of the Commonwealth, sport and culture within the Commonwealth, and what a fantastic event we are seeing here in Glasgow.

Comms director Jackie Brock-Doyle is reported to have said: "I think he (Bolt) woke up to the story like everyone else.

"His tweet says it all. He has woken up to something he didn't believe he said yesterday." 

The Times newspaper's Scottish editor Angus Macleod said: "We stand by this story 100%. We have utter confidence in this story."

The reporter behind the article said on Twitter that the ''full conversation'' with Bolt would feature in Thursday's newspaper.

It has been reported that he did not comment bout the Times article when he arrived at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference to watch Jamaica take on New Zealand at netball.

When asked by reporters how he felt about the games, he shouted "awesome". 

This story was updated at 14:00 on Wednesday 30 July. 

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