Usain Bolt on Monday said he is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test that he underwent during the weekend and has gone into self-quarantine as a precautionary measure. (More Sports News)
Reports claimed that the Olympic legend has tested positive for coronavirus days after hosting a birthday party. The fastest man on earth turned 34 on August 21.
It's also reported that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist contracted the virus during the birthday bash in Jamaica, which was also attended by England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
But Bolt posted a short video on his Twitter page, addressing widespread speculation that he has tested positive for the dreaded virus after birthday celebrations on August 21 during which social distancing norms were reportedly not followed.
"...Social media says that I am confirmed COVID-19. Did a test on Saturday, trying to be responsible, stay in and stay away from my friends," the retired great, considered the greatest sprinter of all time, said.
"Also I have no symptoms, so I am going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol from the Ministry of Health. Until I get a confirmation, I want to tell my friends just to be safe and just to take it easy," he added.
Stay Safe my ppl ðÂÂÂðÂÂ¿ pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
Watch footage from the bash:
Usain Bolt birthday party Leon Bailey and Raheem Sterling pic.twitter.com/iTv6wsW6LJ— kris kris sports (@sports_kris) August 24, 2020
Usain Bolt's bday party. No social distance, NO masks! ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ³ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ pic.twitter.com/ogqUvk1i9r— Verna Reid (@verna_reid) August 23, 2020
Besides Sterling, cricketer Chris Gayle and Jamaican and Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey were also seen at the party.
Jamaican outlet Nationwide Radio reported that Bolt has begun self-isolation but it's not clear whether he is showing symptoms.
Three months ago Bolt became a father after his long-term partner Kasi Bennett gave birth to their first child, Olympia Lightning.
Bolt holds the 100m and 200m world records and retired from the track in 2017 after suffering an injury in his final race.