Blake sure of suitable Fraser-Pryce heir

March 18, 2017
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Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, says Jamaica has nothing to worry about as there will be a "suitable" replacement for reigning women's 100m World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women's 100m at this summer's World Championships in London.

Thirty-year-old Fraser-Pryce announced her pregnancy last week, and will not be able to defend her titles in August.

Blake said he had no concerns and wished the veteran athlete well in her new journey.

"We will be able to replace (her). There are good athletes coming up and I am not really worried about the depth of our team, and we should have good replacements for her," he told STAR Sports.

"Mrs Fraser-Pryce has decided that she deserves the joy of motherhood and we have to wish her all the best in her upcoming endeavour, and that once she has her baby, she returns to track and field," Blake said.

Fraser-Pryce has seven World Championships gold medals and two Olympic gold. She is regarded as one of the best female sprinters in the history of the sport, but will have to watch as her training partner and double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, and others challenge for the coveted World title.

Fraser-Pryce could be back in the sport competitively next year.

Meanwhile, Blake says Jamaica's team to World relays in The Bahamas next month will be named closer to the end of the period mandated to make the final entries.

"We try to give the athletes as much time as possible to get their preparation in gear because what we will be doing is looking at performances."

The association recently sent out invitations to athletes and coaches to cite their availability to compete in the third staging of the event.

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