Raging 100m star Collins quits St Kitts team in row over sleeping with his WIFE
15:39 GMT, 4 August 2012
Kim Collins was on his way home today after the St Kitts and Nevis Olympic federation pulled their greatest athlete out of the London 2012 Games as punishment for visiting his wife at a hotel.
The 36-year-old, who won the World Championship 100 metres title in 2003, was notable only by his absence from the seventh heat of the short sprint this lunchtime.
A furious Collins said he would never again run for his country, a small Caribbean nation, and complained he had been shown a lack of respect.
The empty lane where Saint Kitts and Nevis' Kim Collins was due to compete in the men's 100 metres this morning
'I could be wrong but I don't see why
it should be such a problem,' Collins said. 'I would have better luck
if I went out with some chick and came back and there wouldn't be a bit
of a problem.
'I honestly don't see what is the big deal.
'I'm a grown man with kids, about to have grandkids.'
Collins will not be hanging around in
London for the 200m and sprint relay, having had the chance to race in
the 100m wrenched away from him.
Kim Collins in happier times, celebrating winning the Men's 100m Final at the World Championships in Paris in 2003
'I'm about to go and change my flight
and go home,” he told BBC Radio Five Live, 'and see my kids who I
haven't seen for a while.
'For me it's a done deal. I've been disrespected for too long for too many years.'
The opening ceremony flag-bearer for
his country was apparently expected by his national federation not to
leave the Olympic Village.
Such is his standing on the world athletics stage that Kim Collins was the flagbearer for the country during last week's opening ceremony
'I can't stay here,' he added. 'I did not come to London to watch the 100m final on TV.
'I've got to go home. What am I supposed to do here Act like a tourist No.
'Do you know how many mornings I wake
up, I could be in bed with my wife but I'm off training and winning,
whenever, wherever, for this
'I earned my right to be here.
Kim Collins seem to suggest he was retiring from international competition because of the row
Collins then let his fans know the row meant he wouldn't be competing in the 100 metres at London 2012 today
Angry at the decision, Collins then snapped at being punished just for seeing his wife
'They're asking me to abandon my wife for my team. It's not going to happen.'
Collins revealed he could not even access the Olympic Village.
'I'm not walking away. When I came to the Village I could not get into the Village,' he said.
'My pass, my accreditation, was cancelled
'I'm not walking away, I've been pushed out.'