KINGSTON May 4 Former 100 metres world record
holder Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Saturday's Jamaica
International invitational with a groin injury, ending any shot
at racing against Usain Bolt, his agent said on Friday.
Powell was entered in the 200 metres but was considering
running against triple Olympic champion and fellow Jamaican
Bolt in the 100, which would have put less stress on his groin.
"We decided this morning to withdraw Asafa from the 200
because his groin is sore and has a bit of tightness," Paul
Doyle told Reuters. "We decided not to bother with the 100,
since he was not ready for the 200."
Doyle described the injury as "nothing major."
Powell will now run in the opening Diamond League meeting
in Doha on May 11.
"Rather than putting in a sub-par performance and risk
aggravating the injury, we will sit out this meet wait until
Doha for him to run," Doyle said.
(Reporting By Kayon Raynor in Kingston; Editing by Gene Cherry
and Frank Pingue)