St. Kitts sprinter expelled from Games for missing practice

9:32 PM, Aug 4, 2012   |    comments
St. Kitts & Nevis sprinter Kim Collins in Beijing in 2008 (Mounic/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)
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(USA Today) -- Olympic sprinter Kim Collins of St. Kitts & Nevis took to social media Saturday to announce that he will not be running the 100 meters at London.

Collins, who won the 100-meter world title in 2003, was punished for breaking the team discipline rules by leaving the athletes' village.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee confirmed the news with a statement.

"Mr. Collins departure is down to his repeated absences from training sessions and also for refusing to respond to repeated phone calls and emails by team manager and coaches," the Committee said in the statement. "Furthermore, Mr. Collins did not make an appearance for registration for his events at the Olympic Village (on Friday) as requested."

Collins said he was only trying to see his family. The Guardian reported that Collins initially posted the following message on this Facebook page:

"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 kiddin me!!!!!!!!"

He announced on Twitter Saturday: "My fans. I won't lie. Won't be running later tonight. ...For those who saw me run in Mexico. That's the last time I represent my country."

Then he followed up by tweeting: "Even men in prison get their wives to visit."

Collins told BBC Radio that his accreditation was canceled - expelling him from the London Games. He was kept out of his scheduled start in the 100 heats on Saturday. He was also entered in the 200 and 4x100 relay.

"I am not walking away. I was pushed out," Collins said. "I have to go home ... maybe this Olympic medal ain't for me."

Collins, 36, was set to compete in his fifth Olympics and carried the flag for St. Kitts & Nevis at the opening ceremony.

"Mr. Collins absence from London 2012 is a huge disappointment for the team and for the country, who will not witness their national hero perform at this largest global sports event," St. Kitts team manager Lester Hanley said in a statement. "We wish him well."

(USA Today)

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