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Asafa Powell Banned for Doping

Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has received an 18-month ban for failing a drugs test.

The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year’s national championships but the suspension has been backdated and will end on December 20, 2014.

Powell called the ruling “unfair and unjust”, and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated. He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Fellow sprinter Sherone Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel. Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medallist, is a training partner of Powell and took the same substance at the same event.The three-member disciplinary panel that ruled on Powell said he had been “negligent”.

In January, he testified that Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb provided him with nine Xuereb has denied providing performance-enhancing drugs.

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