By Vijay, TrackAlerts.Com Writer
KINGSTON, Jamaica – American sprinter Ryan Bailey says he “love to race in Jamaica” and “it should be fun" at the Jamaica Invitational set for the National Stadium here on Saturday.”
"I love coming to Jamaica, I love racing here. The crowd is always crazy into the athletics, so it makes every meet good. It should be fun,” the Gleaner quoted Bailey saying.
The 26-year-old Bailey said he is in Jamaica for one reason. "I am trying to beat everybody tomorrow, not just Jamaicans.”
"There is not one person in the race that can't win it, so it's gonna be a really good race and a close one,” he added.
Bailey, however, is on Jamaican fans’ watch list for mocking Usain Bolt's "To Di World" pose with throat-slash gesture after The USA victory over Jamaica in the men’s 4x100m at the World Relays in Bahamas, last weekend.
Since then, several Jamaican fans have heavily criticized him, but the powerfully built sprinter said it wasn’t anything personal.
“The celebration was nothing personal” and added “Me and Bolt, we are friends. I just poke a little fun, nothing personal was meant by it at all.”
"I think it (the celebration) was definitely misunderstood and taken the wrong way, it was just for fun," added Bailey."I didn't beat Bolt, Team USA beat Team Jamaica," he said.