“Mr. Collins departure is down to his repeated absences from training sessions and also for refusing to respond to repeated phone calls and emails by team manager and coaches,” the Committee said in the statement. “Furthermore, Mr. Collins did not make an appearance for registration for his events at the Olympic Village (on Friday) as requested.”
Collins was angry about the dismissal for obvious reasons. It’s not every day that your Olympic dream is ruined because you were trying to be a family man. He took out some of his rage on Facebook:
“Hours before my 5th 100m olympic race, i now find out i cant run,all because i was in a hotel with my wife/coach. S.K.N.O.C REALLY? Are you freakig kiddin me!!!!!!!!”
He also made an announcement on Twitter: “My fans. I won’t lie. Won’t be running later tonight. …For those who saw me run in Mexico. That’s the last time I represent my country.”
Collins has been vocal about his disappointment with the decision, noting that even men in prison get time with their wives. He told BBC radio that there should be no mistake about why he won’t be performing.
“I am not walking away. I was pushed out,” Collins said. “I have to go home … maybe this Olympic medal ain’t for me.”
At the age of 36, this is likely going to be the last Olympic appearance for Collins.