'Bolt is not injured'
Glen Mills, coach of the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, his teammate Yohan Blake and agent Ricky Simms, have all moved to dispel rumours that the double Olympic champion is struggling with an injury.
It was reported that Bolt was spotted in Germany late last week, fuelling rumours that the athlete was in town to visit noted physician Hans Muller-Wohlfahart for an injury concern.
Bolt is scheduled for visits several times each year with the German physician, to treat scoliosis, a curvature of the lower spine.
"Bolt is not injured," Mills told UK-based publication The Telegraph.
"He trained up to the day before he left the island for his business trip," he added.
The speculation about Bolt being injured appears to have been fuelled by the "business trip" explanation given for his non-participation at last weekend's Camperdown Classic and the sigitings in Germany with Muller-Wohlfahart.
According to Blake, though, his teammate is in good condition and well on the way to getting back to his brilliant best.
"Usain is getting back to his old self," said Blake. "He's not frightened of me. He's the world's fastest man and he knows what he can do."
Simms, in the meantime, dismissed the injury talk as mere speculation.
"People can put two and two together and make five. Any speculation is ridiculous," Simms said.
Bolt, who set world records (9.58 seconds) in the 100m and 19.19 in the 200m at the Beijing World Championships, was forced to call a premature end to the 2010 season due to a back problem.
The sprint king seemed to struggle to get back to his best last year, when he retained the 200m World title in Daegu, South Korea.
Bolt got disqualified in the 100m final, which was eventually won by Blake.
However, Bolt ended last season on a positive note, clocking the season's fastest time in the 100m, 9.76 seconds, at the Brussels Diamond League meeting.