Sir Chris Hoy: Bolt criticism would be a shame

Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy has said it would be "a shame" if sprint superstar Usain Bolt had criticised the Commonwealth Games.

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Bolt was quick to declare the Games as "awesome" yesterday, just 24 hours after he was reported to have declared them "a bit s***".

The furore blew up when the Jamaican sprinter reportedly told The Times he was not really enjoying the Games in Glasgow and that the Olympics were better.

Bolt, 27, later said the story was "nonsense", and his publicist Ricky Simms said the remarks attributed to him were "utter rubbish".

The sprinter said the Games were "awesome" after he watched the Jamaican women's netball team play New Zealand at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Scottish Olympian Sir Chris, the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time, said he had not spoken to any athletes who "haven't been absolutely blown away by the Games".

"I haven't heard anybody who has said anything derogatory," he told ITV News.

"It's a shame if he (Bolt) has, but I would say take the 99.9% of the athletes' opinions and use them as your barometer."

The Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said it took Bolt at his word, and was pleased with how he had responded.

Bolt arrived in Glasgow on Saturday and will be running the 4x100m relay heats tomorrow, as well as in the sprint relay final on Saturday, the final day of athletics competition.

Asked on Saturday what he expected from Glasgow, he said: ''A lot of rain maybe, seeing a lot of kilts around the place. I didn't come here with expectations, I'm just coming out and trying to see the country. I guess they will try to show me their culture."

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