The six-time Paralympic gold medallist hinted at further frustrations with national governing body British Athletics in a series of tweets

David Weir has announced his retirement from international athletics, saying he will never wear a Great Britain vest again.

The six-time Paralympic gold medallist voiced his GB retirement decision on Twitter, writing: “Today is the day I officially retire from GB. I will never put a shirt on again. #thanksBritishAthletics what a joke.”

He had earlier tweeted: “I have been let down again.”

Weir has hinted at tensions with national governing body British Athletics in the past, though has not elaborated on his feelings of frustration.

His tweets on Tuesday prompted many messages of support from fans and athletes, with fellow wheelchair racer Shelly Woods writing: “So sorry you have been let down mate. What an incredible career you have had to be proud of!”

Weir had posted an emotional message on Twitter last September as he apologised for what he described as a “terrible” performance at the Rio Games.

The 37-year-old had claimed two titles at Beijing 2008 before winning four golds at London 2012 and had hoped to add more medals to that haul in Rio, where he eventually finished fourth in the T54 1500m, fifth in the 400m, sixth in the 800m and missed out on the T53/54 4x400m relay final before a crash ended any hopes of retaining his marathon title.

“I came out to Rio with every intention on getting a medal,” Weir wrote at the time. “My training had been amazing, I felt fit and strong, and I was ready for Rio. I don’t know what has gone wrong out here.

“Representing my country means everything to me and I want to perform at my ultimate best always but that’s just not happened this Paralympics.

“I’m gutted I’ve missed my sons birth for this terrible performance, but I gave what I could. I’m deeply sorry I’ve let the country and my team mates down.”

Weir made his Paralympic debut in Atlanta in 1996 and went on to compete at a total of five Paralympic Games. He confirmed before the competition that Rio would be his last Paralympics and while in Brazil said the Games would also mark the end of his track career.

Although retired from international competition, the six-time world gold medallist confirmed that he would still be racing at the London Marathon – an event he has also won six times – in April.

British Athletics has been contacted in request of a statement in response.