Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of Saturday’s 14th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium because of injury.
It’s understood that Powell is nursing achilles tendinitis which he aggravated at the recent Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar.
The 34 year old Powell is still in training but the area of concern is said to be swollen and his management team has decided to pull him from this weekend’s meet as a precautionary measure.
“It’s relatively minor but it’s something that’s not allowing him to go a full speed. We need to be very cautious ahead of the national championship and as much as he wants to run infront of his home crowd, he understands that it’s in his best interest not to,” said Powell’s long time agent Paul Doyle.
Doyle added that they have flown in specialists from overseas to treat Powell’s injury. He said the former world record holder should be back in competitive action in about two weeks’ time.
Powell was set to contest the men’s 100m alongside Mike Rogers, Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Kim Collins.