No-show in camp has Powell in trouble

The former 100 metres world record holder and club mates including Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker failed to report for national team training in Nuremberg.

Powell's agent Paul Doyle said an e-mail from Howard Aris, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, on Friday implied five athletes could consequently miss the August 15-23 championships.

"He (Aris) said he was very disappointed and understands this means they did not want to participate at the world championships," Doyle said.

Aris could not be reached for comment. "I am hoping they are on the team," he said. "I have not been told otherwise."

Olympic women's pole vault silver medallist Jenn Stuczynski has pulled out with an Achilles injury, her management company said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Commission has said it will appeal a ruling that had cleared five Jamaican athletes of doping at their National Championships in June.

The commission released a statement on Monday saying it operates independently of a disciplinary panel appointed by the island’s sports minister that found there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that five athletes used a banned substance.

“In light of the decision of the disciplinary panel, JADCO will enforce its rights ... and appeal the decision,” it said in a statement. No JADCO members could be immediately reached for comment.

The commission said four athletes had tested positive for a substance that is similar in chemical structure to a stimulant banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It said Jamaica strictly adheres to the agency’s rules and to its list of banned substances.

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