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Don't question athletes' efforts, Asafa tweets

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 6:56 PM
Powell said while he was personally able to deal with criticisms, he was concerned about other athletes.

Co-captain of the Jamaican team at the World Championships in China has taken to Twitter telling critics to stop questioning the efforts of Jamaican athletes.

“The day u can qualify compete or perform on a track/field/pitch/court then u may have the right to question others efforts until then DON'T,” Powell posted.

Some athletes, including Powell have been criticised for failing to reach the finals of their events or not running hard enough to win medals.

Powell said while he was personally able to deal with criticisms, he was concerned about other athletes.

Responding to the advice of junior government minister Julian Robinson to ignore some of the comments, Powell said it was not about him.

"It's about the younger ones especially the girls, disrespectful!" he tweeted.

On Sunday, Powell finished seventh in the men’s 100m final in 10.00, which also drew more criticism of his inability to consistently win major individual medals on the big stage.

He later took to social media to apologise for his performance.