Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell says his focus for the upcoming season is to earn a spot on Jamaica’s team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Four-time World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her coach Stephen Francis have both been nominated for special awards to be given at the inaugural Panam Sports Gala Awards to be held on December 13 in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Fraser-Pryce has been nominated in two categories - the Best Female Athlete and the Changemaker - while Francis is a nominee for the Best Coach.

More than 40 athletes and coaches have been nominated in nine categories and part of the selection process will involve voting by the public.

Panam Sports in a release on Tuesday said that "it is launching an easily accessible portal through its website where sport fans, National Olympic Committees, media and even the athletes themselves can vote for who they think made the biggest impact at Lima 2019" and further advised that the public should visit its website at www.panamsports.org/vote to vote quickly as voting closes on November 30.

JOA President, Christopher Samuda, in welcoming the approval of Jamaica's nominees stated that "Shelly-Ann and Stephen are very deserving and all Jamaicans locally and in the Diaspora should go immediately to the polls and vote for the 'S-Powersport Duo' in Shelly and Stephen."

The eventual winners will be announced during the live ceremony and celebration and the show will be broadcast live on the Pan Am Sports Channel.

Secretary-General and CEO of the JOA, Ryan Foster, was emphatic in his support.

"Vote for their past record of admirable achievements. Vote for their current successes. Vote for future landmarks and ink the deal for Jamaica,” he said.

This year, the Jamaica Olympic Association achieved a historic milestone at the Pan Am Games in Lima Peru by sending the largest contingent representing 18 sports and garnered the best ever medal haul for Jamaica in the history of the Games.

"We continue to serve our member associations which have seized our vision and mission which always place the athlete solidly at the centre of our efforts and work," Samuda said.

The Pan American Sports Organization, Pan Am Sports, owns the Pan American Games and leads the Olympic Movement of its 41 member nations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

 PanAm Sports has successfully managed 18 editions of the Pan American Games, beginning in 1951, and the event is held every four years.

If allowed to, Briana Williams will compete in the 100m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, according to her coach Ato Boldon.

Jamaican sprinter Rasheed Dwyer has pulled out of the men’s 100m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships set to get underway in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

On Monday, Briana Williams flew to the Bahamas to do her part in the ongoing relief efforts there after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Abacos Islands and claimed several lives.

 

Donovan Bailey, the 1995 World 100m champion, believes that there will be a huge void to fill at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha as for the first time in a decade there will be no Usain Bolt.

Trinidad and Tobago’s 100m champion Michelle Lee Ahye is likely to miss the 2019 IAAF World Championships of Athletics later this month after she was put on a provisional suspension for a violation of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

The 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey believes fellow Canadian Andre DeGrasse will be under tremendous pressure to perform at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha later this month, but he expects him to deliver.

Danielle Williams won herself a diamond, US$50,000 and a place at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics following a commanding performance at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.

Chairman of the board of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Alexander Williams said leaks about the Jamaican athlete who returned an adverse analytical finding at the country’s national championships in June, did not come from the anti-doping body.

Jamaica’s team Chadwick Campbell won the silver medal in the T13 100m at the 2019 Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Campbell crossed the finish line medallist in 11.66 seconds in the race win by Brazilian Arnaldo DaSilva. Honduras’ Elgin Castellanos took the bronze.

"You win some and you are humble in victory, and you lose some but you are never defeated. You win a medal and celebrate and you come out without a medal, but you are still a winner. This is what the Paralympic spirit teaches you - humility and never say die. I am celebrating," he said afterwards.

Campbell, who is trained by Fitz Coleman now turns his attention to the  World Para Athletics Championships where he hopes to deliver a ‘blockbuster’ performance in November.

On Sunday, Shane Hudson finished fourth in the men's T46-47 400m.
A seasoned campaigner on the international stage with an array of medals from these regional Games and the Para World Athletics Championships, Hudson posted 51.01 in the heats.

He was sixth in the final in 5.17 but was elevated to fourth following two disqualifications.

Elaine Thompson won the 100m title at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday to secure Jamaica’s third gold medal at the championships.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Cejhae Green and Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer were automatic qualifiers for Wednesday’s final of the Men’s 100m finals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s final of the Women’s 100m at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru will feature four Caribbean women after Elaine Thompson, Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, Natasha Morrison and Kelly-Ann Baptiste all advanced from their respective semi-final heats on Tuesday.

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell inched closer to his 98th sub-10 clocking while competing at the 2019 Bayer Classic in Leverkusen, Germany on Wednesday.

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