Bolt: I didn't slate the Games

Bolt: I didn't slate the Games

Usain Bolt has rubbished a newspaper report saying he criticised the Commonwealth Games

Usain Bolt has rubbished a newspaper report saying he criticised the Commonwealth Games

Usain Bolt watched the netball on Wednesday

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Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt tweeted to deny calling the Commonwealth Games "a bit s***" on Wednesday morning.

Bolt was reported in the Times to have made the remark outside the athletes' village on Tuesday, also replying "not really" when asked if he was having fun in Glasgow.

But the six-time Olympic champion responded on his Twitter feed by saying: "I' m waking up to this nonsense..journalist please don't create lies to make headlines."

Bolt's manager Ricky Simms told BBC Sport the remarks attributed to the athlete were "utter rubbish".

Simms added: "The atmosphere in and around the stadiums has been absolutely fantastic and I have absolutely no idea where these quotes have come from."

Bolt arrived in Glasgow last Saturday morning and, at a press conference in the main press centre, confirmed he would be running the 4 x 100 metres relay heats on Friday as well as in the sprint relay final on Saturday, the final day of athletics competition.

The 27-year-old confirmed he would be staying in the athletes' village but added that he would be spending most of his time in his room.

Asked on Saturday what he expected from Glasgow, he said: "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.

"I try not to walk around the village too much because I tend to take a lot of pictures. I will stay in my room most of the time."

Bolt said he was looking forward to seeing the Reggae Girlz, the Jamaican netball team, during his time in Glasgow.

Bolt has yet to race this year after taking time to recover from a foot injury but said he was in "pretty good shape" and looking forward to getting races under his belt.

He also said he was eager to make his Commonwealth Games debut having missed the Melbourne Games through injury in 2006 and not appearing at the Delhi Games in 2010.

Bolt's decision to compete in Glasgow gave the Games a huge boost with other stars such as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mark Cavendish not appearing in Glasgow.

But it remains to be seen what kind of reception he receives from the Hampden Park crowd when he competes in the sprint relay heats in the light of his reported remarks.

The three Friday evening heats are timed for 2135, 2143 and 2151 with the sprint relay final being held at 2115 on Saturday night, wrapping up the athletics programme.

Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said he would take Bolt "at his word" following his denial.

Speaking at the daily media briefing, Hooper stressed the Commonwealth Games had its own identity and aims, different to the Olympic Games, and said he was "proud" of its status in the sporting world.

Asked initially about Bolt's reported comments, Hooper said: "I think if you are up to speed you'll know Mr Bolt has put out a Twitter comment."

Hooper added: "We take Mr Bolt at his word.

"We're very pleased with how he's responded and that's our position."

Referring back to Bolt's weekend press conference, Hooper said: "He's very upbeat, very positive, very focused on delivering for his fellow countrymen in the relay events.

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

Defending the Commonwealth Games, Hooper said: "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.

"These Games continue to go from strength to strength."

He stressed the Games would "evolve positively in Gold Coast in 2018" and added: "We are who we are and proud of it."

Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle added of Bolt's reported comments: "I think he 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."

Bolt's Jamaican sprint team-mate Jason Livermore was asked if the world's fastest man was having an okay time, and said: "I hope so, better than me."

Asked what he meant, Livermore back-tracked, saying: "It's been lovely so far, the people in Scotland are very welcoming, I can't complain. Nice atmosphere, nice crowd, I'm enjoying myself."

Asked how he was coping with the food in the village, Livermore said: "Ooof, sometimes."

Pressed for more details, he said: "I can say, I won't say."

Livermore looked to be feeling the cold ahead of his 200m heat on Wednesday morning and said: "It's very cold here, I need to put on some clothes, I'm freezing."

Bolt made a low-key appearance midway through the second quarter of the women's netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the SECC.

Taking up a regular seat towards the back of the VIP section, the crowd did not appear immediately aware of his presence as he sat quietly chewing gum and clapping his team.

As Bolt made his way out of the Netball hall, with media shouting questions at him regarding his opinion of the Games, he shouted "awesome" in response before security ensured a swift exit.

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