Bolt was a notable absentee from the opening ceremony in Rio.

Usain Bolt "too lazy" to attend Rio 2016 opening ceremony

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Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, is without a doubt that biggest star at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which officially launched on Friday with Rio's opening ceremony.

Despite his high-profile status, the 29-year-old left many of his supporters extremely disappointed when he decided not to attend the prestigious Athletes' Parade.

The sprinter led Jamaica out at London 2012 and carried his country's flag, but he has claimed that he felt too lazy to make the trip to the Maracana Stadium.


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Via a short message on his Snapchat account, Bolt said, "Opening ceremony but I won't be there people, all the busses are out". He went on to add, "Looks like the whole squad is out, road movements. One big lazy par me den pon today, no movement for me."

What do other Olympians think?

Many people feel that the real reason for Bolt's absence wasn't a laziness to move, but the fact that he gets mobbed, even by his fellow Olympians, everywhere he goes.

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Some competitors have been fairly accepting of his decision and can seemingly only imagine what it's like to be the star attraction of the "Greatest Show on Earth".


"He (Bolt) was getting bombarded when we saw him this week, "said Mariafe Artacho Del Solar, Australian beach volleyball star. "I felt like a rookie. The whole team all felt like nothing. But luckily we snuck in a selfie before he bolted."

Meanwhile, American gymnast and two-time Olympic champion Alexandra Raisman admitted that she nearly "flipped the table" to approach Bolt when she saw him prior to the opening ceremony.

Is Bolt injured?

Bolt was forced to pull out of last month's Jamaica National Championships due a hamstring injury, and it's something which he is still recovering from now.

He desperately strived to reach optimal fitness for the Games in Rio, and he appeared to overcome any physical issues with a successful 200m run at the London Anniversary Games.

Given the stop-start nature of his season, fans will be hoping that Bolt's non-appearance at the opening ceremony isn't a signal that he isn't 100% and ready to go.

Will Usain Bolt retain his Olympic sprint titles at Rio 2016? Leave YOUR opinion in the comments box below!

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Tyson Gay
Team USA Olympics
Commonwealth Games
Usain Bolt
Team GB

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