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Asafa Powell and 3 MVP teammates off Jamaica's Berlin team – Report

By Gary Smith, World-Track

asafa-powell2BERLIN — It is being reported that a number of stars, including former World 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, could be axed from the Jamaican team following their decision to skip the pre-World Championships camp.

Powell, along with Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, Olympic 400m runner up Sherika Williams and sprint hurdler Brigitte Foster Hylton, members of the Maximising Velocity Power (MVP) Track Club, failed to report for the mandatory training camp in Nuremberg, Germany, which could see them being ineligible to compete at the championships.

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But, although admitting that the athletes must show up to be eligible, Howard Aris, President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) who heads for Berlin today, said that he was not aware that the Jamaica team’s management in Germany had already made that sort of decision.

"I have not been informed of this," Aris said in the Jamaica Observer. "The IAAF had contacted the JAAA seeking information on whether or not we were going to have a camp, where the camp would be, where the team would be staying etc."

According to reports, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) is now insisting that all athletes selected should attend the camp for, several reasons, including providing urine and blood samples for drug testing.

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"I wrote to (athletes agent) Paul Doyle telling him what the IAAF wanted to do," Aris said. "When we (the JAAA) called to find out where the athletes were going to be staying, we were told that they would be going straight to Berlin.

"I told Doyle that the camp was mandatory, and if they don’t go to the camp, they could not compete," Aris added.

It is also reported that Williams, on her Facebook wall, wrote "oh well, JAAA (Jamaica Amateur Athletic Federation) say we can’t run at world championship because we did not attend the training champ."

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Meanwhile, former world silver medallist Michael Frater, who is also a member of the MVP club joined the camp at the weekend, while it was not clear about the status of his club-mate and Olympic 400m champion hurdler Melaine Walker, who along with the other four, was also not present at the camp.

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Put together by a member of the World-Track and Field Website team members. This is usually done by an in house member with able assistance from someone or an agency reporting from outside.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. MICKEY

    August 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    WHO’S MAKING THESE DECISIONS OVER AT MVP TRACK CLUB??? SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE’S EGO (FRANCIS) IS GETTING OUT OF HAND!!!

  2. Arthur

    August 10, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I cant belierve that this same old crap is rearing its ugly head again…after all we went through in Berlin, I thought they had taken all the steps necessary to ensure that history was not repeated! And these MVP athletes are behaving like little children, don’t they know that they are the employers of their agents and not the other way around!? HOW THE HELL CAN YOUR AGENT TELL YOU NOT TO ATTEND YOUR COUNTRY’S TRAINING CAMP??? THAT AGENT MUST BE AN AMERICAN WHO WANTS TO MASH UP THE TEAM!!

  3. Horace Knight

    August 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Do these athletes understand that neither their coach or their agents creates any
    “meets” where they can participate and earn income!! their only purpose,is to
    coach/ make deals.They are both expendable. If they are causing you, who is their
    employer, more problems than needed, you replace them! there are lots of both;
    coaches and agents out there! “YOU RUN THINGS, THINGS DON’T RUN YOU!

  4. MICKEY

    August 10, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “THAT AGENT MUST BE AN AMERICAN WHO WANTS TO MASH UP THE TEAM” ?????? HUH? C’mon Arthur, surely you kid! lol

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