Nine-time Olympic Games gold medallist Usain Bolt has taken aim at the British tabloid press for their coverage of his off-track life.
Bolt cemented his status as the world’s best athlete with another sprint triple – the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay – at this year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Among his many exploits at the Games, Bolt was pictured in bed shirtless with a Brazilian student, while tabloids like The Mirror and The Sun reported that the Jamaican partied in London with several different females.
Those reports prompted the 30-year-old’s long-term girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, to post a message on Twitter that simply read #SelfControl.
In a wide-ranging and revealing interview with GQ this week, Bolt said he felt unfairly treated by the British media.
“The British press is always trying to make out to be this bad guy who loves women and how all I do is women and stuff,” he said.
“I was telling this English press guy you can’t judge a different culture by your own culture.
“In England, when you get famous the first thing you do is get married and have kids.
“In Jamaica, it’s different.
“My parents had me and they got married 11 years later.”
Bolt also said that the way he acted in bars and nightclubs was often misinterpreted by those not from Jamaica.
“In Jamaica, we wine on each other,” he said.
“It’s our culture. People see it the first time, they’re like, ‘What is going on? It’s like they’re having sex in the club!’
“No, that’s just the culture. It’s how we are.”
However, he added that his days of partying were almost behind him: “After a while, that’s gonna get boring.”
Bolt is tipped to draw the curtain on his glittering sprinting career at the 2017 World Championships in London.
He is particularly fond of the English capital, with it being the scene of his triumphs at the 2012 Olympic Games.
But before London …
Bolt will compete in Australia in February when athletics’ new teams event, which officials hope will revolutionise the sport, begins.
The Nitro Athletics series will comprise six teams, each with 12 men and 12 women, with events set to include the 100m and 200m sprints, long jump and others.
Five of the six teams have already been confirmed for the Melbourne event, with Bolt’s All-Stars to face off against Australia, China, Japan and England.
Bolt will run in the sprints and did not rule out featuring in the long jump, either.
“For me, this is the right move forward for our sport,” Bolt said earlier this month.
“I’m very excited about the whole concept of having a team.
“With track and field, it’s an individual sport. But here we can work together and every event will count.
“I’m going to be the coach and I’m that sort of person who’s very competitive.”
Other international athletes are set to compete in the Nitro Athletics series.