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'When the time is right I will retire'

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Michael Frater

 

LONDON, England:

Veteran Jamaican sprinter Michael Frater is calling on more current and former athletes to get involved in the administration of the sport, while underlining that he is not quite ready to set a date on his retirement just yet.

Frater, who competed in his first Diamond League in four years at this weekend's Muller Anniversary Games, said he was eager to get back into the swing of things after two years of injury setbacks.

The 2005 World Champion-ships 100m silver and two-time Olympic and World Champion-ships 4x100m medallist looked very much like a 33 year-old who has not seen much recent action with his fifth-place, 10.23 seconds finish in Friday night's 100m heat, not good enough to get him a lane in the final.

He would also return to run a leg on Jamaica's fourth-place finishing 4x100m team that also included long jumper Damar Forbes and young sprinters Julian Forte and Edward Clarke.

 

Greater involvement

 

Clearly thrilled to be back on the circuit, Frater said he's having no issues balancing his responsibilities as the third vice- president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and his extended career, offering a plea for greater involvement of athletes in the running of the nation's track and field.

"I am sending out a plea to former athletes and current senior athletes - athletes who have represented the country over many years, who always criticise the association from the sidelines, to step into the association instead of criticising from the outside and see how everything is done," Frater said.

Frater, who was also last November appointed to the IAAF's Athletes' Commission, added that he is very sensitive to certain possible conflicts, pointing out that he does not participate in certain deliberations, such as selection.

"I have tried my best to stay away from the controversial aspects in terms of the selection of teams (so as) to give the selection committee their due to make the right decisions, but I certainly think it can only be a good thing if more athletes get involved in the association," he noted, before turning his attention to his career.

"London is one of my favourite places in the world to compete. We have a huge Jamaican following here, and it was just a pleasure competing against these younger guys," he added.

"When the time is right, I will retire. The body was down for two years and it's just now coming back, but as long as the body is good, I will do what it says. If it goes back down, I'm definitely going after that," Frater said.

This was Frater's 11th race this season, with the sprinter, so far, managing a season's best of 10.04, done at the Racers Grand Prix in June.

andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com