Fraser: I won’t go to Commonwealth

Olympic
100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser has opted not to compete at the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

The
Jamaican, who took part in an IAAF Diamond League meeting on Saturday, said
October was too late in the year. The news is a blow to organisers of the
Games, following Usain Bolt’s decision not to compete.

Fraser
said it was “too much to ask” to expect her to be in peak condition in Delhi
and then come back and train for the World Championships next year. The
23-year-old said: “It is a long season and trying to peak for the Commonwealths
and then coming home in December to start training for a World Championships
next year is too much to ask, especially for someone like me who is a also a
student. I will be in school. I don’t think I am going.”

Fraser
also won a gold medal as part of the Jamaican 4x100m relay squad at last year’s
World Championships.

She
announced her decision at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, where
she came second in the 100m behind another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Double Olympic and world sprint champion Bolt announced in June he would not
compete in Delhi.

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