Hoy: Athletes 'blown away' by Games

Hoy: Athletes 'blown away' by Games

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Sir Chris Hoy and Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow

Sir Chris Hoy meets Usain Bolt

Jamaica's Usain Bolt arrives to watch the netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the SECC

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Britain's most successful Olympian has said it would be "a shame" if sprint superstar Usain Bolt has been talking down Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.

The fastest man in the world is said to have told the Times the Games were "a bit s***" and that he was "not really" having fun in Scotland.

Jamaican Bolt, 27, later sent a tweet describing the claim as "nonsense", but the newspaper said it stood by the story and printed a transcript of the short conversation in Thursday's edition.

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

Scottish Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time, said he had not spoken to any athletes who "haven't been absolutely blown away by the Games".

"I haven't heard anybody who has said anything derogatory," he told ITV News.

"It's a shame if he (Bolt) has, but I would say take the 99.9% of the athletes' opinions and use them as your barometer."

Bolt is said to have made the comments outside the athletes' village yesterday but said on Twitter this morning: "I'm waking up to this nonsense ... journalist please don't create lies to make headlines."

He later described the Games as "awesome" as he headed to the women's netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, having previously promised to watch the Reggae Girlz in action.

Scottish Commonwealth Games Secretary Shona Robison tonight welcomed Bolt's public endorsement of the games.

"Of course Usain Bolt today also said the Games are 'awesome' and awesome they are," she told STV's Scotland Tonight.

"I haven't met a single person who hasn't said these Games are fantastic."

Bolt's manager Ricky Simms, meanwhile, told BBC Sport the remarks attributed to the athlete in The Times were "utter rubbish".

He said: "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 on Saturday and confirmed he would be running the 4x100m relay heats on Friday as well as in the sprint relay final on Saturday, the final day of athletics competition.

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."

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 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, which were held in October.

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

Jamaica sprint team-mate Jason Livermore was asked today if Bolt was enjoying Glasgow, and said: "I hope so, better than me."

Asked what he meant, Livermore responded: "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."

The Commonwealth Games Federation said it was "pleased" with Bolt's response to the report.

Chief executive Mike Hooper told this morning's Games briefing: "We take Mr Bolt at his word.

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

Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle said: "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.''

Mr Hooper said of Bolt's press conference appearance on Saturday: "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."

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