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MVP coach says he mulled ending relationship with Asafa

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer

The head coach of MVP Track Club, Stephen Francis says he went on the verge of ending his coaching relationship with Jamaican athlete Asafa Powell last year after the athlete went to a doctor in Canada without his knowledge.

Francis was speaking on SportsMax, two days after Powell and his MVP teammate Sherone Simpson confirmed that their 'A' Sample had been tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine.

Powell, a former 100-metre world record holder, blamed his positive drug on a range of new nutritional supplements prescribed to him by a Canadian trainer he has only been working with for two months.

Francis says he was pressured by others to give Powell a chance after the athlete disobeyed him and went to Canada.

Powell’s agent Paul Doyle has said the sprinter may have been on as many as 19 different supplements when he failed his drugs test.


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