Powell, Fraser handed world championships reprieveFormer world record holder Asafa Powell Asafa Powell (born 23 November 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who currently holds the 100 m world record with a time of 9.74 seconds. Career
Asafa Powell planned to be an engineer before he took up running whilst studying in Kingston, Jamaica. and women's 100m Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser will now be allowed to run at the world athletics championships after a dramatic U-turn by Jamaican officials on Wednesday.
The pair, along with four other team-mates, were re-instated to run after the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association The Amateur Athletic Association of England (formerly simply the Amateur Athletic Association) or AAA (pronounced 'three As') is the oldest athletics organization in the UK, having been established in 1880. (JAAA JAAA Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association ) had earlier barred them from competing at the championships from August 15-23 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium The Olympic Stadium is the name usually given to the big centrepiece stadium of the Summer Olympic Games. Traditionally, the opening and closing ceremonies and the track & field competitions are held in the Olympic Stadium. .
The JAAA had written to the sport's governing body Noun 1. governing body - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he , the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF IAAF
International Amateur Athletic Federation ), insisting the six were barred, but the IAAF then intervened forcing the Jamaicans into an embarrassing change of mind.
"We wanted to protect the quality of the world championships," said IAAF secretary president Pierre Weiss.
"That was an unnecessary action by the Jamaican delegation, we didn't like that at all. We would rather these matters were resolved by conversation."
Powell and Fraser, as well as Olympic 400m hurdle champion Melaine Walker, hurdlers Kaliese Spencer and Brigitte Foster-Hylton and 400m sprinter Shericka Williams, will now be allowed to race.
The group, who are all part of the Maximising Velocity Power (MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. ) training group, had been punished by the team directors because they refused to train with the main body of the team in Nuremberg, Germany.
Instead they stayed with their coach Stephen Francis at their Italian training camp in Lignano Sabbiadoro.
"We did not know that we were obliged to join the training camp," said Powell's manager Paul Doyle earlier.
The episode has added to the turbulent build-up to the championships for the Jamaicans whose sprinters virtually swept all before them at last year's Olympic Games.
Five athletes failed a dope test but were subsequently cleared by their national anti-doping commission.