Fri, September 20, 2013

Star Olympic sprinter booted over visit with wife?

By QMI Agency


Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis competes in the men's 100M heats during the Diamond League London Grand Prix athletics meet at Crystal Palace in London in this July 13, 2012 file photo. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)


The star sprinter who served as flagbearer for his small island nation in the Opening Ceremony has been booted from the 2012 Summer Olympics — because, he says, he was at a hotel with his wife during the Games.

Kim Collins, a four-time Olympian from St. Kitts & Nevis set to run Saturday in the 100M dash, has taken to social media to voice his frustration and tell his fans he isn't allowed to compete in his heat Saturday.

"This can't be right. Olympic (sic) number 5 and no Kim Collins," he tweeted from his account, @kimcollins100m.

He added at just before 7 a.m. EDT Saturday: "My fans. I won't lie. I won't be running tonight" and "Even men in prison get their wives to visit."

That last tweet was reportedly brought into context by a publication called the St. Kitts-Nevis Times, which is reporting that Collins wrote on Facebook: "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. S.K.N.O.C REALLY? Are you freakig (sic) kiddin me!!!!!!!"

Collins, 36, describes himself as a three-time NCAA champion who's competed in four Olympics and nine world championships. His Twitter feed, however, suggested Saturday morning he won't race again for his home nation.

"For those who saw me run in Mexico. That's the last time I represent my country," he tweeted.

This isn't the first unusual situation to arise involving St. Kitts & Nevis athletes at the 2012 Games.

Tameka Williams was sent home by her country's Olympic officials not for a failed drug test, but for admitting to taking what is apparently a banned substance. Media in her home country is reporting she made a signed admission required to participate in the Olympic Opening Ceremony, and she was asked to leave the following day.

St. Kitts & Nevis is a two-island country in the West Indies with a population of 39,000.