Meet organizers at loggerheads with star sprinter

PARIS (AFP) – Star sprinter Asafa Powell and three other Jamaican runners have been scratched from the Vardinoyannia athletics meet in Crete for «unprofessional conduct,» organizers said yesterday. The co-holder of the world 100m record, his agent Paul Doyle, hurdler Brigitte Foster and sprinters Michael Frater and Sherone Simpson failed to show for their flight to Greece on Wednesday, officials said. Powell, 23, was to be the star billing today at the 22nd Vardinoyannia meet in Rethymnon. «We will send a report to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and the EAA (European Athletics Federation) to express our unhappiness about the athletes, the agent… for their unprofessional conduct,» the organizers said in a statement.