Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jamaica Athletes given Reprieve

(UKPA) – 40 mins ago

Jamaican athletes who failed to attend a preparation camp last week in Germany will be allowed to compete at the World Championships beginning in Berlin on Saturday.

The Jamaican federation withdrew a request for them to be excluded following the personal intervention of IAAF president Lamine Diack.

Diack agreed it was the right of the national body to punish the athletes - which included former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 100m and 400m hurdles champions Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melanie Walker - but he successfully argued that throwing them out of the championships was too strong a punishment.

Diack suggested other action be taken by the Jamaican federation if it is deemed necessary.

The trio are members of the MVP track club, which elected to stay at its base in Italy rather than join the remainder of the team in Nuremberg.

Paul Doyle, who manages Powell, maintains he had been told attending the camp in Germany was not a compulsory requirement.

Meanwhile, the IAAF has still to receive documentation about the five Jamaican athletes who allegedly committed drug offences at the National Trials in June.

The Jamaican Federation has yet to comment publicly on the outcome of their trials, which ended last Friday.

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