Bolt skips camp ahead of world championships, Bailey-Cole out

Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:27am EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will miss Jamaica's training camp in Japan before the world athletics championships in Beijing later this month, the manager of the Caribbean island's delegation said.

"He's (Bolt) the only one who is not in camp, because you know he was undergoing some amount of examination while he was preparing at the same time," manager Ludlow Watts told Reuters by telephone from Japan.

"He was to come in (camp in Japan) but at the last moment it was decided that he should not come, considering that the team is just two days away from traveling to Beijing.

"It was considered necessary that he should perhaps go to the venue of the competition directly, rather than coming here."

Watts also said about 14 athletes, including reigning double sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who were having problems obtaining Chinese visas through Italy, should get them by Monday in Japan.

"It is being sorted, in other words by tomorrow it will be completely sorted because it is in the process and I expect it will be completed by Monday," Watts said.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games 100m gold medallist Kemar Bailey-Cole has been ruled out of Beijing after suffering a torn hamstring.

In a message on his Facebook page, the 23-year-old sprinter said he was ending his season.   Continued...

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