POSTED: July 24, 2012 AT 9:51 AM,EDT
Asafa Powell is the only member of the 47 Track & Field Athletes not to report to the Jamaican training camp that was reported as mandatory. The athlete came third in the Jamaican National Trials last month behind countrymen Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt and is expected to represent Jamaica in the 100m and 4 x 100m relays.
I beg to question the fitness of Asafa, going into the Olympics which is just three days away and it seems only the MVP Track Club is aware of his current condition. There have been speculations of when he would report to camp, some even saying he will be there today.
The camp is said to be used for practicing the relay exchanges of the relay teams. When the Olympics hit full gear, athletes will not have the necessary time to practice relay exchanges as they are focused on their individual events. Let us hope Powell is not cast aside from the relay team because of his absence at the camp, as once he is able to go, we all want to see him out there performing. Also, for the sake of Asafa, I hope he is not piecing together the excuses if he fails to deliver as expected. If he is injured, we understand but win or lose Asafa, all of the Caribbean wants you to just give of your best.