GABORONE, Botswana (April 21) – Jamaican 10-time world champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, has withdrawn from the Botswana Golden Grand Prix, which is set to take place on April 29, due to a family emergency. The organizers of the meet announced the news on Friday, wishing Fraser-Pryce and her family well.
The organizers are now working to find a replacement athlete for the women’s 100m race, which Fraser-Pryce was scheduled to participate in. Read more: Botswana Golden Grand Prix to feature more world-class athletes; Marvin Bracy and Kenny Bednarek join field
“The organisers wish Ms Fraser-Pryce and her family well. Whilst we were looking forward to having Ms Fraser-Pryce kick off her season in Botswana, we are working on getting another athlete to fill up the gap in the women’s 100m race,” a release said on Friday.
Fraser-Pryce, who is still uncertain about her participation in the Kip Keino Classic on 13 May expressed her disappointment about missing the Botswana event, with the 36-year-old saying, “I was very excited to kick off my season in Botswana, and while it comes as a disappointment, I will unfortunately no longer be able to compete in the Golden Grand Prix due to a family emergency.”
Meanwhile, American sprint sensation, Sha’Carri Richardson, is still on schedule to compete at the meet and will feature in the women’s 200m event.