Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt admitted he missed the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium because of his own laziness.
The Jamaican sprinter took to Snapchat to explain why he did not attend the parade, having carried the flag for his country at London 2012.
“Opening Ceremony time but I won’t be there people, all the buses are out,” Bolt said in his opening message.
“Looks like the whole squad is out, road movements. One big lazy par me den pon today, no movement for me,” Bolt added, according to The Telegraph.
The charismatic 29-year-old is taking part in his final Olympics, and the reason for his absence can be put down to a number of factors.
Bolt’s preparations have been hampered by injuries, and while 200m victory at the London Anniversary Games suggested he is fit once again, perhaps his self-proclaimed laziness comes with a side of simply being cautious.
The fastest man in the world is under a week away from resuming his battle with USA’s Justin Gatlin for 100m dominance, so rest is likely the order of the day for Bolt.
Another factor and side-effect of being the most famous athlete at the Games is that everyone wants a selfie with you.
The ceremony would have been a selfie-fest for Bolt, and while the sprinter is rarely caught without a smile, the picture below with rugby star Sonny Bill Williams shows you won’t always catch him at a good time.
Then of course you can take Bolt for his word. Many will highlight his lazy streak when it comes to his diet, as he claimed to have devoured 1000 chicken nuggets in just 10 days at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Whichever you believe, the sprinter was certainly missed, but all will be forgiven when he laces up for the 100m heats on Saturday.
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