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Usain Bolt selfies lead to three security guard sackings

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Usain Bolt having another selfie taken
Usain Bolt having another selfie taken.

Three security guards working at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been sacked for taking selfies with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. The 27-year-old was training for Friday night’s 4x100m relay near Hampden Park when he was asked to pose in a series of photographs with members of staff working at the event in Scotland.

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Spokeswoman confirms news

This report comes courtesy of the London Evening Standard, who quote a Glasgow 2014 spokeswomen confirming the news.

She said: “Sword Security can confirm three members of contract security staff have been removed from roles at Glasgow 2014’s training facilities at Lesser Hampden after breaching conditions of their employment.

"All three are still employed by the company but are no longer working at Glasgow 2014. Sword Security’s polices are designed to ensure the privacy of athletes is fully respected in the lead-up to and during competition."

Others took selfies

However one volunteer at Hampden Park, where the Commonwealth Games athletics events are being hosted, said there were plenty of others attempting to take photos with the world’s fastest man.

“The [supervisor] was saying we shouldn’t be doing that with out mobile phones,” the volunteer told reporters. “Everyone was taking photographs of him but these two guys got punted [sacked].”

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Controversy

Bolt is not thought to have played any role in the security guards’ dismissals, although it’s the latest in a series of controversial incidents involving the sprinter at the Commonwealth Games.

The 100m world record holder was quoted by The Times criticising the Games as “a bit sh*t” earlier this week.

Bolt strongly denies the claims, although the British newspaper are refusing to back down over the validity of the story - and even posted a transcript of the short conversation on Thursday to back-up their report.

Sir Chris Hoy said it would be “a shame” if Bolt had criticised the Games, although the sprinter has since tweeted describing the event as “awesome” while watching the Jamaican netball team.

Bolt was also bizarrely asked if he would have a selfie taken with reporters during a press conference last weekend, which prompted outrage from colleagues working at the event in Scotland.

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