Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Sprinting star Asafa Powell has admitted to feeling the effects of Michael Frater's recent move from the MVP Track Club but made it clear that he has never considered leaving the University of Technology-based club, as he weighed in on the recent moves affecting the unit.
Powell, who recently resumed training after suffering a hamstring injury while competing in Australia at the Stawell Gift Festival over the Easter weekend, had trained with Frater for over 10 years at MVP but is still learning to come to grips with the absence of his close friend.
"The atmosphere in the camp is not the same because he (Frater) was pretty much my training partner, we trained together," said Powell. "I feel most comfortable when he is there training with me, but I will just have to do without. I have been training with him for 10 years or so now, so it's about transitioning and it's a bit different, you just have to do what you have to do."
Frater, a 100m silver medallist at the 2005 IAAF World Championships, ended a long-standing relationship with the club and its head coach Stephen Francis late last year after his ascension to a vice-president role on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association caused a rift between himself and the celebrated coach.
Olympic and world 400m hurdles champion Melaine Walker followed through the door two weeks ago, joining Frater at neighbouring Racers Track Club, and while stating that he understood Frater's situation, Powell said he was struggling to decipher Walker's decision to change camps.
"To be honest, I am not going to be biased, I only know the reason why Michael Frater left I don't know the reason for Melaine (Walker), so I can't really comment on that, but Michael he had no choice but to leave; he had a fallout but he is still working hard, he is still my teammate and we compete for the same country," Powell said. "We still talk a lot and hangout every day."
Powell, who said he will be working a lot closer with Nesta Carter now, underlined his comfort at MVP and praised Francis, who he described as a misunderstood person.
"I have never considered a switch in camps. I think people don't try to find out exactly what is going on; you can't go anywhere else in the world and find a coach who begs you to train and coach (Francis) is like that and that is why he has so much success," Powell said.
"He will find you wherever you are and ensure that you are training and that is why some persons say that he is aggressive, but he just loves his job and wants you to do well," he added.