Asafa Powell pulls out of Cayman Invitational

Organizers of the Cayman Invitational announced Friday that Jamaican sprinter and former world 100 meter record holder Asafa Powell has withdrawn from the event, which is being held Saturday, May 16, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

According to the Cayman Islands Organising Committee for the Cayman Invitational, Asafa’s agent, who is Paul Doyle of Doyle Management, said that because of the last minute addition of Asafa to the Jamaica’s relay team at Penn Relays and his subsequent races in Guadeloupe and Kingston, he has “regrettably withdrawn” from Cayman Invitational 2015.

In a statement released by the Organising Committee, Powell’s agent is quoted as saying: “Asafa will use the following two weeks as a training block to prepare for three meets in Europe that will set him up most favorably for his trials. The big goal for Asafa in 2015 is getting back to the podium in Beijing. We wish nothing but the best for the Cayman Invitational.”

In the statement, the committee said; “We know that most of our supporters were looking forward to seeing the current world number one but we still anticipate your support as the withdrawal of Asafa Powell is due to reasons beyond our control.”

Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell won’t be running in Cayman.

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  1. The Corinthian spirit of athletics has now been replaced by a money centred, agent driven, tour of all the lucrative events.

    While a medal at the World Championships will improve his marketability, is he aiming to tour the various ”Diamond League” meetings (Italy, UK & Norway) in early June where money will be the goal, not preparation for the the Jamaican trials?

    His agent probably knew months ago what Powell’s schedule would be, having mapped out, for him, the bank deposits, and Cayman was never going to big enough to satisfy his agent although I suspect Powell himself wanted to run as promised.