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Powell settled in Rio after Airport hiccup

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 7:00 AM
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Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell is fully settled in Rio de Janeiro after arriving at Jamaica's training base, but not before he had to clear his first hurdle ahead of the Olympic Games.

Powell was earlier barred from entering the country after he landed at Rio's Tom Jobim International Airport yesterday without his athlete accreditation - which also serves as the approved visa documentation - in hand.

"Yes, I had a little hiccup on entry, but the immigration personnel in Brazil was very helpful and professional. I am now at training camp, and I am ready to get going so that we can fly the Jamaican flag high at the Rio Games," Powell told The Gleaner.

The sprinter was expecting to receive his accreditation from track and field team manager Ludlow Watts upon his arrival to the city. Watts was, however, reportedly waiting outside the airport.

When Powell tried to explain his situation to Brazilian immigration officials, he was told that he could not be allowed entry into the country.

According to Brazilian news outlet Globo Esporte, the Federal Police after much deliberation then asked several Olympic volunteers at the airport to confirm Powell's identity as a Jamaican sprinter.

After a meeting between the Federal Police and the on site accreditation office, a duplicate pass was created for the sprinter.

Powell is set to compete in the 4x100m relay at the Olympic Games as the Jamaicans look to again defend the title they won at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.