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STEPHEN FRANCIS, the coach off former world record holder Asafa Powell is expressing grave concern about the frequency with which the athlete is being blood drug tested ahead of the start of competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Francis said Powell had been tested three times in the last five days and seven vials of blood taken. The latest occasion was at 10:15 p.m. Thursday evening London time, less than two days before the sprinter bows into action in the heats of the men’s 100m metres on Saturday morning.
MVP President Bruce James told the Jamaica Observer that Francis called him from the athletes’ village in London and said that Powell was taken his room late Thursday evening and taken to a different location to be tested.
No other MVP athlete has been tested as many times and Francis thought the number of tests done on Powell was exccessive.
LONDON, England — Operating in a multi-lingual environment can often cause misunderstandings as persons try to communicate with each other.
Given Jamaica’s high profile in track and field here at the Games of the XXX Olympiad, members of the Jamaican media have been inundated with interview requests and questions form journalists from all over the globe trying to get information on the Jamaican sprinters.
Nowhere was the language divide more obvious than at the JOA/Puma press conference held in East London on Thursday.
An innocent mistake by a female journalist form Chile sent waves of laughter through the press conference that was attendant by at last 300 journalists when she commented on the life style of double World Record holder Usain Bolt and commented that since he “was gay” how does he relax off the track.
Here was a pause as Bolt, looked to team mate Asafa Powell who was on the stage with him as if he was not sure what he heard.
Powell was of no help however as by the he was doubled over in laughter, barely able to contain himself.
Smoothly Colin Jackson, the former Great Britain athlete of Jamaican parentage stepped in to clarify. “The word is happy Usain, she meant happy.”
Translated the question was “given your happy go lucky life style how do you behave off the track.?”
Minutes later another question caused the athletes to seek help again from Jackson. “Who were their partners in the Athletes Village?”
Powell explained he has roomed with fellow MVP sprinter Michael Frater for the past 10 years while Bolt shared that he was rooming with decathlete Maurice Smith, the same person he roomed with four years ago in Beijing, China.
A relaxed looking Asafa also had the press conference in stitches when after fielding questions form persons from at least eight or nine difference accents, he was asked a question by the Gleaner’s Andre Lowe.
Powell paused for a while, then asked the journalist to repeat the question, then dead panned, “I just did not understand the accent.”
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