Endurance: Warren Weir

Jamaicans ready for Gay, Powell to return

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16
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Nesta CarterAl Bello/Getty ImagesNesta Carter and his competitors welcome the returns of Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell.
NEW YORK -– Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Nesta Carter met with the media ahead of last weekend’s adidas Grand Prix meet in New York City, offering their opinions on the impending returns of fellow sprinters Tyson Gay (USA) and Asafa Powell (Jamaica) from shortened doping suspensions.

A dark cloud loomed over track and field last July when Gay and Powell tested positive for banned substances prior to the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

The news of Powell’s positive test was released just days after Carter ran 9.87 in Madrid on July 13. Initial reports named Carter as one of five Jamaicans busted for doping, but there was no connection and his name was cleared.

Carter is excited for the return of Powell, his former training partner.

“Well, I’m happy that he’s coming back soon. It was a problem that should have been dealt with a long time ago,” Carter told ESPN. “I’m just happy for him to be back, because the situation was more than some people made of it. I’m grateful that he gets another chance.”

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