Monday, 30 June 2014

GOING THE DISTANCE: Asafa's fearless fighting spirit + Bolt wants in on the 'Games'

OFF TO THE RACES: Usain Bolt is full of surprises. Just when his fans thought they'd have to endure not seeing the iconic sprinter take to the track in his Jamaican colours at the year's biggest athletics event the Glasgow Commonwealth Games the World's Fastest Man threw everyone a curveball. In a statement posted on usainbolt.com, the world record holder reveals that he's informed the JAAA of his availability to represent Team Jamaica at the summer championship if they will have him. "I have submitted the relevant documentation," says Bolt, who was forced to sit out this past weekend's national senior trials at the National Stadium. "I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies, but I am available for relay duty, if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the team." Spoken like a true gentleman. The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3.

SPIRIT INDOMITABLE: You can say this for Asafa Powell: not even legal woes can dull his competitive drive. In spite of a hearing into his much-publicized doping-violation case hanging over his head and a long hiatus from competition, the embattled Jamaican sprinter is gearing up to hit the track at July 5's Diamond League meet in Paris, organizers have confirmed. Powell will lace up alongside seasoned rivals like Trinidad's Richard Thompson. Meantime, the critical CAS hearing, set for July 7 and 8, concerns Powell's appeal over the career-threatening year-and-a-half ban from the sport he received for testing positive for the WADA-banned substance oxilofrine.




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