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October 1, 2011
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Shelly stays put


MVP coach Stephen Francis

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Reigning Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has committed her future to the MVP Track and Field Club amidst reports of discord among senior athletes at the University of Technology (UTech)-based club.

Fraser-Pryce, who lost her 100m world title in Daegu, South Korea, this month after finishing fourth in the final with a time of 10.99 seconds, said through the club's twitter account, that she is now focusing on completing the final year of her degree programme at UTech, and is also looking forward to begin her London 2012 Olympic Games preparation at the club in the next few weeks.

"I am at UTech in my final year and working hard to graduate next year and become the first in my family with a university degree," Fraser-Pryce was quoted on the club's official twitter account www.twitter.com/MVPTrackclub.

"I am also looking forward to October when I start my London 2012 preparation with my MVP teammates and coach Stephen Francis," the quotes continued.

Fraser-Pryce restarted classes this week and is expected to begin training by the second week in October.

severed ties

The sprinter's quotes were preceded by a tweet from the account's administrator, which criticised sections of the local media for reports, which were aired yesterday stating that Fraser-Pryce had in fact severed ties with the club.

"Anyone who reports that Shelly Ann Fraser has left MVP Track & Field Club is being irresponsible," read the tweet.

Speculation has been rife in recent days about the harmony within the MVP Track and Field Club membership after reports of long-standing differences and concerns surfaced, along with indications that at least two elite athletes were considering ending their association with the organisation.

The recent moves by the likes of national 400m hurdles junior record holder Ristananna Tracey and three other developing athletes namely Kimmari Roach, Peter Matthews and Darion Bent to the neighbouring Racers Track Club has also cause further scrutiny into the operations at the club.

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