RACE ISSUES: Can Asafa Powell medal in London? As the sprint superstar explains, the competition has grown increasingly stiff over the course of the past year. “There are a lot of new guys, so it is not getting any easier [to win titles], and I definitely have to work harder,” he tells Britain’s Metro. “I’m in good shape, but anything can happen. We’re working hard and hopefully I can make sure I am not second best in London.” Powell, who will miss next week’s World Indoor Champs in Istanbul, points out, “I’m just starting my season early. I prefer the summer. That’s when the fun happens. Winter’s not my thing.”
BAND OF BROTHERS: After initially pulling out of the lineup – much to the horror of fans – the Marley brothers have done an about-turn and are back as headliners of the upcoming Nine Mile Musical Festival in Miami. A new release from Ghetto Youths International informs concertgoers that “Stephen Marley, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and Julian Marley are pleased to confirm that on Sat, March 3, 2012, they will in fact be performing at the [festival] due to the love of the fans and the music.” Crisis averted. The 2012 Nine Miles Music Festival will be staged at the Virginia Key Beach Park in Key Biscayne, Miami. Also sharing the bill are the likes of Burning Spear, Cocoa Tea and Tarrus Riley.
SCREEN GEM: And speaking of the Marley family, the acclaimed new documentary, Marley (directed by Kevin McDonald), which chronicles the eventful life and global impact of Bob Marley, will be available for viewing in cinemas starting April 20. Word is an extra-special launch is being planned for Kingston. To wit, this could be a boon for the Reggae Film Festival (April 17-21), which could always use some added international prestige. Hint-hint!