Powell sets indoor Grand Prix date in Birmingham

Powell sets indoor Grand Prix date in Birmingham

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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LONDON, England (AFP) — Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell plans to compete in next year's indoor Grand Prix event in Birmingham as part of his preparations for the London Olympics.

The 29-year-old Jamaican star has not participated on the indoor circuit for several years but now plans to race in Birmingham on February 18.

"I'm really excited about competing indoors as I haven't raced an indoor season in a long time," said Powell, who will be based in Birmingham with the Jamaican team in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

"My coach and I have been speaking about the ideal preparation for next year's Olympics and we think doing an indoor season is the best move for me.

"I love competing indoors and to get the opportunity to race in Birmingham is really exciting.

"To prepare for a major championships you need to be racing against the best people in the world and I know that's what's in store at the Aviva Grand Prix.

"The calibre of athletes there has always been strong and if I'm going to be challenging for medals, I need to be racing against the best opposition all the way up until the Olympics."

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