Former 100m world record holder Powell set to race at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix
On the run: Asafa Powell plans to race in Birmingham as part of 2012 preparations
Former 100 metres world record holderAsafa Powell has announced his intention to compete in the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18 next year.
Powell has not competed on the indoor circuit since 2004, but believes it can help his preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.
The 29-year-old, who will be based in Birmingham with the Jamaican team in the lead-up to the Games, said: “I”m really excited about competing indoors as I haven”t raced an indoorseason in a long time.
“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.
“It”s not long now until the Games so every minute counts. I can”t quite believe this will be my first time competing indoors in the UK.”