BERLIN — The Jamaican team management asked the athletics’ governing body to withdraw six athletes, including former 100-metres world-record holder Asafa Powell and two Olympic gold medalists, from the world championships entry list Wednesday, following a training camp attendance dispute.
IAAF secretary general Pierre Weiss said the request was made early Wednesday, but didn’t disclose a reason. The Jamaican athletics federation has been in a dispute with several athletes from the MVP Track Club, which is been coached by Stephen Francis.
Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, 400 hurdles Olympic gold medalist Melaine Walker, hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton, 400m runners Shericka Williams and Kaliese Spence are the other athletes, reportedly involved
Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association president Howard Aris, this week warned the stars that they could miss the championships unless they appear at a six-day camp in Nurembur.
Jamaican officials attending the IAAF congress declined to immediately comment.