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Jamaica's bobsleighers lose luggage en-route to Sochi

The Jamaican bobsleigh team suffered a setback in preparation for their first Winter Olympics in 12 years after their luggage was lost en-route to Sochi.

Winston Watts and and Marvin Dixon were due to start their first training session on Wednesday, but had to sit out after their kit failed to arrive in Russia from New York.

Despite the frustrating start, the pair are now looking forward to starting the competition at Sanki Sliding Centre on Thursday.

Jamaica's two-man bobsleigh pilot Winston Watts speeds down the track after finally receiving their luggage. Credit: Reuters

"We received the luggage including the (bobsleigh) blades around midnight last night," Mr Watts told a press conference.

"We got our clothes, but it was full of protein powder. (Security) opened the protein powder containers, and never closed the tins. The containers were sealed. And they left them open. In my helmet today I had protein powder going into my eyes.

"However, I feel excellent today. A little shaky, but when you are on a new track that is how you feel, little butterflies. But you overcome that."


Report: Five Jamaican athletes fail drug tests

Five Jamaican athletes - including two London 2012 medallists - have tested positive for banned substances, according to the Jamaican newspaper the Gleaner.

Two field and three track athletes reportedly tested positive for the banned substances following recent tests at Jamaica's National Stadium.

The paper reports that two of the runners who allegedly tested positive for the banned substances won medals at the Olympic Games in London.

The Jamaican Anti-Doping Agency said it had not received any independent verification of the adverse findings.

The revelations, a month ahead of the World Championships, come after the American sprinter Tyson Gay revealed he had tested positive for a banned substance.

Imani 'coped very well' with sickle cell anaemia

Anne Wilson, headteacher at Fircroft Primary School, said Imani Green, who suffered from sickle cell anaemia, "coped very well" with her condition which forced her to stay indoors at play time to avoid getting cold.

The school had granted her permission to spend time in Jamaica because the warmth was known to be better for health.

Mrs Wilson told Sky News:

We felt it was in Imani's best interest to be there rather than here at this time. Today and for the next few days and weeks it's going to be difficult for them but we're here to support them.

– Anne Wilson, headteacher at Fircroft Primary School


Jamaica's security minister condemns killing of British girl

Jamaica's security minister, Peter Bunting, has condemned the killing of 8-year old British girl Imani Green.

He told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper: "The senseless killing of a young, innocent child must outrage all well-thinking Jamaicans, and cause us to join our security forces in an intensified effort to rid our communities of criminals."

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