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Wednesday 20, Nov 2013

  World’s Fastest Woman Threatens To Go On Strike

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World’s Fastest Woman Threatens To Go On Strike

The reputation of Jamaican athletics suffered another blow when the world’s fastest woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, threatened to go on strike. If that was not all, Herb Elliott, the head of the island’s Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), indicated he would resign after a report in the Wall Street Journal that questioned his academic qualifications.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, said she is thinking of pulling out of international competition. The Jamaican track and field sprinter, who won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m at this year’s World Championships in Moscow, remarked the Athletics Administrative Authority of Jamaica is not doing enough to defend athletes from “hurtful” accusations and does not offer sufficient for up-and-coming runners. She said you listen to accusations about Jamaica’s athletes and there is no one to get up, take the mic and say that whatever being said is a lie. The athlete added they are just sitting back enjoying the benefits and fruits of our labor but when it’s time to actually doing their jobs they are not doing it. She went on to remark if it comes down to not competing to make sure that things are up to scratch when it comes to facilities and different things in Jamaica then she would and we believe that we deserve not to have our names tarnished.

Fraser-Pryce insisted that the criticism of athletes from the country was unfair. She said there is no one in Jamaica looking to dope up intentionally to run fast and added what’s happening is that athletes are not checking the supplements that they use and no one is intentionally cheating.

Incoming World Anti-Doping Agency boss Sir Craig Reedie Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s boycott threat is “welcome” if it helps clean up Jamaican athletics.

Meanwhile, Elliott is under huge pressure after the Wall Street Journal reported that it had been unable to verify whether he earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Columbia University and a medical degree and a PhD in biochemistry from Université Libre de Bruxelles. He remarked it is likely he will resign. Elliott told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper all he is trying to say is that he doesn’t want JADCO to be brought into disrepute because of him and so he is thinking that, in the best interest of Jamaica, perhaps he should speak to the prime minister. He added that he is only an individual, and JADCO is more important than any individual or any board. Elliott added and, therefore, if resignation will take the heat off JADCO, as JADCO has very important work to do, then forget it.

The JADCO head said in the interest of JADCO and Jamaica, he would resign and he doesn’t know if he would do it right away, because he doesn’t want anybody to feel that he did anything wrong and, therefore, that is why he is resigning. Elliott, however, went on to admit that he had not been able to locate all of his papers to verify his various qualifications after his wife died three years ago and added he doesn’t know where all the papers are and he doesn’t even know where all the bank books are.

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Tuesday 12, Nov 2013

  Athletes Accused Me Of Doping, Says Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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Jamaican track and field sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has remarked that the majority of comments by athletes toward her after she won three gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships were negative. The sprinters said some athletes believe she made use of performance enhancing drugs this season.

Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when she at the age of 21 years old became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. She then went on to defend her 100m title and became the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics. Like countryman Usain Bolt, Fraser-Pryce swept 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay gold medals at the recent World Championships in Moscow. The colorful Fraser-Pryce with half her long hair dyed pink beat three-time champion Felix in the 200m final. She won the 100 in 10.71 seconds to beat the second-place finisher by .22 of a second and won the 200 in 22.17 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by .15 of a second.

Fraser-Pryce added she has not done anything that nobody else has ever done before, apart from winning three gold medals, but it was just hard work and the times were not ridiculous; it was just very good execution.

In 2011, the Jamaican sprinter served a suspension of six months for testing positive for Oxycodone though she claimed it was because of a medication she took for a toothache. A banned narcotic, Oxycodone is not considered a performance enhancing drug or a masking agent.

In the 2009 IAAF World Championships, she won the 100m gold medal to become only the second female sprinter after Gail Devers to hold both World and Olympic 100 m titles simultaneously. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m in a single world championship in 2013. Fraser-Pryce s ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 m female sprinters of all time, with a personal best of 10.70 seconds.

The sprinter, who trained with Asafa Powell, took the 100 m Jamaican title in the 2009 Berlin World Championships and won with a world-leading time of 10.88 s. At the same championship, she ran the second leg on the Jamaican 4x 100 m relay team while competing against Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas, Anne Mollinger of Germany, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago to help the Jamaican team eventually claimed the gold medal. In 2010, Fraser-Pryce won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year and then she won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year for the second time for her outstanding accomplishments in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The fastest women on earth, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, competed with Jessica Ennis of Britain for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award where she lost the award. On 22 February 2010, the sprinter from Jamaica was named as the first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica.

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