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Commonwealth Games still on for Powell, says manager

18 January 2006
www.caribbeannetnews.com

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Paul Doyle, the agent of Asafa Powell, the world's fastest man over 100 metres is confident that the Jamaican will be fit to compete at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in March.

Reports from Australia last Sunday suggested that Powell could miss the Games due to an ongoing groin injury. However, Doyle told Australian newspaper The Age that the world record holder is still keen on running in Melbourne.

"You can never say anything is 100 per cent...but we certainly don't see him pulling out at this stage," Doyle said.

With that thought in mind, Doyle added that Powell was still going through some discomfort in the groin area and still had some way to go to complete his rehabilitation from the injury.

"He (Powell) wouldn't be running if the Commonwealth Games were on tomorrow."

"Asafa still has a little tightness there, which is probably something he doesn't need, but he is ahead of where he was at this stage last year."

Doubts about Powell's participation in Melbourne arose after his Jamaican teammate Sandie Richards mentioned that he was still experiencing some problems with groin soreness, and did not want to jeopardise his chances of competing on the European circuit in an attempt to regaining the world number one spot on the IAAF world ranking.

The 2005 Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC) male-athlete-of-the-year has been training with world championships 100m silver medallist Michael Frater on base in Kingston, and Doyle believes that this is a huge advantage for Powell, seeing that he does not have to seek competition outside his training group.

"He has the luxury of training with Michael Frater in the group. Having the world silver medallist means he doesn't have to go outside the group to look for competition," Doyle said.

Powell and his MVP Track Club contingent is expected to leave for Melbourne on February 26, one day after competing at the annual Gibson Relays at the national stadium in Kingston.



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