Usain Bolt Apologises

Usain Bolt has joined Yohan Blake in apologising for what some Jamaicans have seen as 'antics', during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100m this past Sunday.

The code for the National Anthem, which was played during the medal ceremony, stipulates that all persons should stand at attention, (i.e. heels together) and men should remove their hats.

“I would like to apologise for what could have seemed to be inappropriate behavior on the podium on the playing of the National Anthem for the 4 X 100 metres medal ceremony," Bolt said in a release.

Bolt was a part of the men's 4x100m world record breaking team, which also included Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter.

The team ran 37.04 to improve on the old record of 37.10.

"At no point I had any intention to be disrespectful to the anthem or to the people who support me. My teammates and I were extremely overjoyed that we took the world record. As an Ambassador for the sport and my country, I know my responsibilities and I will never do anything to put that in jeopardy.

"I would therefore like to apologise again and will do all in my power to maintain my status and actions in keeping with being a Jamaican ambassador and ultimately, an ambassador for track and field," Bolt said.

Bolt's apology followed his stellar performances at the championships, which saw him run the 4th fastest time in the 200m in a time of 19.40s.

The National Anthem, which is in the form of a prayer was chosen on July 19, 1962.

The first verse of the National Anthem should be played or sung as specifically designated on the arrival of the Governor-General or the Prime Minister.

The National Anthem may also be sung or played at public gatherings.

Singing of the National Anthem should form part of the ceremony of raising and lowering the flag at the beginning and end of school terms, and at Independence celebrations.

The National Anthem is the creative work of four persons: the late Hon. Hugh Sherlock, the late Robert Lightbourne, the late Mapletoffe Poulle and Christine Allison Lindo, formerly Eugene Mapletoft Poulle.