- POSTED: 27 Jun 2014 12:11
- UPDATED: 27 Jun 2014 13:03
Former 100 metre world record holder Asafa Powell withdrew on Thursday from the Jamaican Athletics Championships, just hours before he was to have run in the blue riband event at the meet.
KINGSTON, Jamaica: Former 100 metre world record holder Asafa Powell withdrew on Thursday from the Jamaican Athletics Championships, just hours before he was to have run in the blue riband event at the meet.
Powell's publicist Tara Playfair-Scott said the sprint star was too ill to compete. "He has a stomach flu," she said.
Powell is still scheduled to race at the Paris Diamond League meet July 5.
"We are hoping he will be OK for that meet," Playfair-Scott said.
Powell owned the 100 metre world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively.
If the 31-year-old harbours any hope to compete in the July 23-August 3 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he will have to hope to be granted a place on a medical exemption ticket.
Powell returned from a groin injury to compete in last year's Jamaican meet, but finished seventh in the 100 metres and later tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine.
Earlier this year he was issued an 18-month ban. But he and former training partner Sherone Simpson have appealed their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Powell was given a temporary reprieve while he appeals the suspension ahead of a hearing July 7-8.
Powell joins a list of absent stars that includes reigning 100 metre Olympic champion Usain Bolt and his training partner, Yohan Blake.
Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is also missing due to a leg injury, but Simpson is expected to compete, as is Veronica Campbell-Brown, a treble Olympic champion who was cleared of a doping violation by CAS in March over handling issues with her sample.
Bolt, who is the world record holder in the 100 metres and 200 metres, said Thursday he plans to petition Jamaican officials to be allowed to compete in the relays at the Commonwealth Games.
"I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event," Bolt said.
Bolt hasn't competed in 2014 as he is suffering from swelling in his foot.
In competition Thursday night, Orrin Powell won the men's javelin with a throw of 66.43 metres while Demoy Henry finished second at 60.14.