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Powell, Fraser, et al Out Of Berlin !!!!!!

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by djkbrown2001 (U9543805) 10 August 2009
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Four of Jamaica's top name will not be representing the island at the World Championship in Berlin.

The four are Asafa Powell, Shelly-ann Fraser, Brigtte Foster Hylton and Sherika Williams.

Serve them right.

The JAAA should ban all MVP athletes. The MVP top man Steven Francis behaves as if he is above the law. The same thing happens at the olmpics last year.

More details here: www.jamaicaobserver.com/spor...

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Aug 13, 2009

My view is that the JAAA is taking the hardline with the wrong group of five athletes....
erm
IMHO, the IAAF was right to say that this is a disciplinary matter, but that the JAAA were applying a punishment that was way out of sync with the crime. Now that the IAAF has made them see sense, the JAAA has been forced to take the more approriate action:

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20090812T200000-0500_157342_OBS_MVP_STARS_COULD_BE_SANCTIONED_AFTER_WORLDS_.asp

This is what they should've done - say that they will apply sanctions after the World Champs.

The JAAA seem to have been very vigilant and quick to take the hardline against Powell and Co. What they should've done is be just as quick to act, and be vigilant against Blake and Co. They have been very tardy in dealing with the procedure in those cases, which to me are far more serious than whether a group of MVP athletes decide to attend an unimportant camp or not....

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posted Aug 13, 2009

Why is it that it is always MVP athletes and Stephen Francis that is in problem(s) with the JAAA? If they know that they are always having problems with the JAAA why not deal with the issue before it turns into a national disgrace?
I agree that some form of sanction should be considered. We need to approach things professionally and abide by rules and regulations. I enjoy cheering for my country, but I am also one for discipline. The athletes have something good going for them, don't fall into the ditch the West Indies cricket team is now in. Approach your job professionally and work with the associations in charge. TEAM JA...

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posted Aug 13, 2009

You guys have to remember that drug cheating is a major thing in sports. They should make themselves available in the training camp so that no one can speculate anything negative. Also, even if they are competing against each other, they are still representing Jamaica and should work on some team spirit.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Aug 13, 2009

I'm all for discipline, but I do believe this training camp fiasco went overboard....

By the time Powell and Co arrived in camp, no drug-testing had begun. In addition, the IAAF pressured the JAAA to allow Powell and Co back into the World Champs, so that claim that this camp was crucial for drug-testing is a red herring. It now seems to have been a real PR disaster by the JAAA to come up with that pretext, because it has only succeeded in throwing further mud on Jamaican athletics.
doh
If the JAAA wants to talk about athletes, discipline, and drug-testing, don't shine the spotlight on the MVP athletes. Instead, I think the JAAA will be well-advised to pay more attention to the cases of Yohan Blake and Co, rather than Asafa Powell and Co.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Aug 13, 2009

This is what I'm talking about....

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/281301,iaaf-jamaicans-did-not-violate-whereabouts-rule--summary.html

'Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell, Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser and four other Jamaican athletes did not violate the whereabouts doping rule when they failed to show up at a national team world championship training camp. "They gave their details. We knew where they were," spokesman Nick Davies from the ruling athletics body IAAF said on Thursday. The six athletes did attend the mandatory Jamaican training camp in southern Germany but trained in Italy. The Jamaican athletics federation on Wednesday wanted the athletes withdrawn from the team because they allegedly violated the whereabouts rule as the Jamaican federation had listed them as part of the training camp.'

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posted Aug 13, 2009

I fear for all the Jamaican detractors and others who don't like talking about Jamaican athletics, this isn't the end of the story, lol.

I think further sanctions and punishment against the 'MVP 5' will still go ahead after the championship, while the drug testing debacle with Yohan Blake and the others will be treated as a smaller issue when imo it's the other round.

Hope the BBC presenters won't be chasing the Jamaican athletes during their heats looking for comments and whatnot. smiley

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Aug 13, 2009

Speedy
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The good thing is that JADCO is treating the case against Blake and Co very seriously, even if the JAAA are obsessed with their hate-campaign against MVP....
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Now, the IAAF will hear the case against Blake and others tomorrow:

http://www.sportinglife.com/athletics/worldchampionships2009/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=others/09/08/13/ATHLETICS_World_Drugs.html

"The five Jamaican athletes at the centre of drugs allegations are expected to hear on Friday whether they will be eligible to compete at the World Championships beginning on Saturday. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which reviews all drug-testing cases said on Wednesday it has finally received some but not all of the documents relating to the cases. The world governing body is confident however that with the evidence they have in their possession, it will be possible to announce their decision by Friday at the latest."

And....

"JADCO itself challenged the decisions claiming methylxanthine contains a similar structure to tuaminoheptane which is listed as a stimulant in the WADA list and therefore believe there is a case to be answered."

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posted Aug 13, 2009

Just a minor point, I think Powell will have a ready made excuse now if he once again gets into the final impressively only to stop running when Gay and Bolt fly past him.

smiley

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Aug 14, 2009

I was thinking the same thing too....
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Yohan Blake and Co have been pulled from the team, according to Don Quarrie:

"http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20090814T010000-0500_157418_OBS_FOUR_ATHLETES_OUT.asp

"the 1976 Olympic 200-metre champion said Yohan Blake, Allodin Fothergill, Lansford Spence and Sheri-Ann Brooks had not joined the team and were withdrawn from the final list submitted to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ahead of yesterday's Technical Meeting. The fifth athlete, Marvin Anderson, was earlier withdrawn from the team due to injury."

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