After the news broke Saturday morning that Kim had been withdrawn from the 100m by the management, the sprinter took to the social media to vent his disgust, but now the dust is settling from the morning shocker, the Vice President of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee, Dennis Freddie Knight, used the afternoon period to present the side of the Committee. He made himself available for numerous interviews to share what had transpired, from their perspective.
According to Knight, Kim was given permission on Wednesday morning, 1st August to meet his wife and family at the airport, as they arrived in London. He was also allowed to spend the night with them to ensure that they were settled in; but Knight said after that they did not hear from him.
He was to report back to camp the next day said knight, but up to early Saturday he had failed to do so.
Knight explained that the athletes are expected to remain in camp unless given specific permission to do otherwise. He said despite numerous attempts to make contact and engage in meaningful discussion, Mr. Collins was simply not available.
“Mr. Collins was just being unavailable and did not make himself available here in the (Athletes) Village yesterday (Friday) when it was necessary to do registration for today’s events. And so there was really no choice but not to register him,” explained the Vice President.
Knight said that their hands were tied and the details will come out at some further point. “But there was quite a bit of communication that was being sent to Mr. Collins…and he had just virtually gone AWOL and not responding.”
“There is a deadline by which all entries must be finalized and if they are not finalized…if you do not enter the athlete’s name by that time, then the athlete cannot enter the race,” stated Knight. However, fans back home have been questioning this matter given that Kim Collins’ name was in fact listed amongst the athletes scheduled for the final heat #5, where he was slated for Lane 4, as shown on television before the race started.
Knight did admit however, that at one point Kim did respond but as the Vice President stated, some of those responses were curt, “but nothing that said to the team management where he was; what he was doing; when he would be back in camp; when he would be available…”
Knight confirmed that the committee did in fact pull his accreditation when they could not account for his whereabouts. However what some athletic fans have been saying is that the committee did know where he was; knowing that he had been given permission to help his family settle in. However, others have given Collins wrong for not returning to camp and for not making himself available as required, ahead of Saturday’s heats.
In the meantime, the story of St. Kitts and Nevis at the 2012 London Olympics will be best remembered for what happened off the track and not what played out in the competition.