Olympic star Blake to miss weekend’s Aviva Grand Prix after ‘insulting’ offer

Yohan Blake (JAM) and Jared Connaughton (CAN) and Bruno De Barros (BRA) compete in the men’s 200m semifinals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

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Yohan Blake, the Jamaican sprinter who won three medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will not compete at athletics’ Aviva Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham, England on Sunday, after an “insulting” offer of £25,000 ($39,725) in appearance money.

Blake’s manager Cubie Seegobin said the offer from UK Athletics promoter Ian Stewart “didn’t come close” to his value, and added that Blake was being treated as little more than a support act for the meeting’s main attraction, the UK’s double gold medalist Mo Farah.

Seegobin said: “There’s an arrogance about these meets in England. There’s something wrong. The attitude seems to be, ‘We’ve got Mo Farah so we don’t need anyone else’.

“Birmingham has a big West Indian community and you would have thought they would want to see Yohan Blake or Warren Weir or some of the other Jamaicans.”

Seegobin claimed invitations to British meetings were largely dependent on whether the agent was on “friendly terms” with Stewart.

Bolt, who won silver medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters and gold in the 4×100 meters relay at the Olympics, will instead compete in Thursday’s Samsung Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.

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