Kim Collins an Olympic sprinter from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis announced via the Internet’s social media sites on Saturday that he would not be participating in the London Olympic Games.
In 2003, Collins was the winner of the world 100-meter title. However, on Friday he was punished for breaking his team’s rules by not staying in the athlete’s village. A St. Kitts & Nevis team spokesman said that Collins had not been staying in the athlete’s village for the last few days. Collins explained that he was trying to see his family and nothing else. On his Facebook page, Collins posted that just hours before his fifth 100-meter Olympic race he found out he could not run. He said he was in a hotel with his wife, who is also his coach when he heard the news.
On Saturday, he posted on Twitter that he would not lie to his fans and that he was not going to be running later Saturday evening. He said for those people that saw him run at an event in Mexico, that it is the last time he would represent his country.
He even said that men who are in prison also get to see their wives for a short visit. Collins is 36 and was competing for the fifth time in the Olympics and in the opening ceremony was the flag bearer for his country.
Three or four other athletes have been banned or kicked out of the Olympics thus far in the event’s first week, but none because they had been with their spouse.