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Fraser-Pryce's MVP exit blocked

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 11:27 PMAndre Lowe
Fraser-Pryce

Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s plans to leave the Nike-sponsored MVP Track Club has reportedly been halted after the kit sponsor threatened to pull its support of the sprinter.

News broke during the Olympic Games that the two-time Olympic gold medal winner was ending her relationship with MVP head coach Stephen Francis with the sprinter conducting her pre-season training with Reynaldo Walcott at his newly-formed St Elizabeth Technical High school-based club.

Walcott has for several years been a member of MVP's technical staff, working closely with Fraser-Pryce as well as Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day, who recently cut their ties with Bert Cameron and his Cameron Blazers to also join Walcott's programme.

The young coach is also credited for STETHS' resurgence on the local scene and have guided some of the island's best youngsters.

According to our sources, Fraser-Pryce was fully committed to Walcott's project and had also secured property in Santa Cruz, to ease the travelling.

It is also believed that Nike had originally committed to support Fraser-Pryce even if she left their top regional club but this position is said to have changed with an apparent change of heart by Francis, who now seems determined to keep his most decorated athlete.

President of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, when contacted Friday afternoon, stated that he did not wish to speak on the sprinter’s training arrangements at this point.
 
“I am not commenting on Shelly-Ann’s training arrangements at this time,” said James.