Former world champion Kim Collins has been dropped from his country’s team on the eve of the 100m heats for spending the night with his wife at a London hotel.
Telling his Twitter followers that he is not running in the 100 metres today, it is believed he has fallen out with the national Olympics committee from St Kitts & Nevis for an unauthorised trip from the Olympic site.
St. Kitts and Nevis team spokesman Lester Hanley said that Collins would not run in his heat after breaking team discipline rules by leaving the athletes village.
He first tweeted the message ‘For those who saw me run in Mexico. That’s the last time I represent my country,’ early on Saturday morning, the day the men’s 100m competition began.
‘My fans. i won’t lie. I won’t be running later tonight @LON2012.’
In response to his punishment for seeing his love one, he then tweeted angrily: ‘Even men in prison get their wives to visit.’
The row has understandably angered the runner, who then seemed to suggest he was retiring from international competition: ‘For those who saw me run in Mexico. That’s the last time I represent my country.’
Speaking to Radio 5 this afternoon Collins was still bitterly angry: ‘I would have had better luck if I’d gone off with some chick and came back in time. They’re asking me to abandon my wife for my team, it’s not going to happen. This is how it ends; on a really sad note.’
‘I didn’t come to watch 100m final on TV. I’ve got to go home. I can’t walk around London as a tourist.’
British Olympian and javelin star Steve Backley responded to the news on his own Twitter feed by saying: ‘Kim Collins sent home by St Kitts for visiting his wife and kids at a hotel outside of Olympic village. That seems a tad harsh!’
36-year-old Collins won a world title in 2003, and was due to appear in his fifth Olympics.
The sprinter carried his country’s flag at the opening ceremony.
‘The NOC of St Kitts & Nevis has not seen or heard from Kim Collins for the last three days,’ said the NOC’s general secretary Alphonso Bridgewater. ‘We are unaware of his whereabouts.’
Collins finished seventh in the 2000 Olympic final and sixth in 2004, but was not considered to be one of Usain Bolt’s main rivals for the 100m title to be decided on Sunday night.
However, it could be possible his punishment is just exclusion for the 100m event as it has been reported he has still been entered in the 200m and 4x100m relay.