Coe to investigate Bolt complaint06/08/2012 - 12:20:45
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe will look into why 100 metres world champion Usain Bolt was prevented from taking a skipping rope through security.
Bolt said last night that he had been riled by some of the petty rules at the London Games.
Coe said: “I will look at this, I presume the skipping rope was a warm-up aid so I will look at that.
“I think some of it has been slightly lost in the translation, every venue is different, there are different protocols. I have raced in pretty much most places and that’s the nature of it.
“I think it was more a broad point about different protocols and I don’t read too much into that.”
The Jamaican said he really enjoyed being in the athletes’ village but was irritated by the amount of red tape.
Bolt said last night: “The Games have been okay, a little bit different from Beijing. There are a lot of rules, oh my God. You can’t do anything.
“I was coming and wanted to bring my tablets in and they said I couldn’t. I asked why. It is just a rule.
“I had my skipping rope in my bag and they said I can’t bring it in. Why? It is just a rule.
“What if I need to take a rubber band inside to stretch I can’t take it inside because it is a rule. It is just very small rules that don’t make any sense to me.”
Bolt said he even encountered the rules at the start of the 100m.
He added: “The guy was telling us to line up. We were about to race and we were being told to stand in a straight line. It is kind of weird.”
Earlier, he told reporters: “Great Britain is a wonderful place. They’ve done so well, I’ve been watching the cycling and the rowing, they’ve done so well. It’s just a great Olympics, it’s just a great place.”
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