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Watch your mouth, Mr Bolt

Published:Friday | August 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Times newspaper reported some controversial comments Usain Bolt allegedly made about the Commonwealth Games: "a bit sh"; ... "the Olympics were better"; and that he was "not really" having fun in Glasgow.

Naturally, Bolt and his agent/manager dismissed the reports as nonsense/rubbish. The newspaper editor says The Times stands 100 per cent behind the story, and it is now considering publishing the full transcript of conversation to back it up and feed into the controversy. I believe the newspaper.

As much as we adore Bolt, he can be a bit cocky. Of course, the Commonwealth Games are not the Olympics. There's a different level of energy, competition, the works.

Bolt should have kept any negative thoughts to himself. He sometimes projects himself too much, as if he is above it all. And he might well be, but public relations and image is a crucial part of one's success. He was also photographed/videotaped in the company of the British Royals, in particular Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. Bolt, in his usual style, seized the moment, projecting himself as the star attraction, the real royal, hands in pockets casually (and all). After all, they came to see him, he didn't go to see them.

We can read this with humour for what it's worth, but we have a popular saying, 'The higher monkey climb, the more him expose.'

We love you, Bolt, but watch your public relations, and watch your manners!

P. CHIN

chin_p@yahoo.com