André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
President of MVP Track Club, Bruce James, yesterday underlined the club's support for embattled members Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, after the pair's 'A' sample returned positive results for a banned substance.
Powell and Simpson both tested positive for Oxilofrine - a stimulant banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) - after competing at last month's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships.
The two are among a group of five Jamaicans who returned adverse analytical findings at the meet.
In a press release issued yesterday morning, James also noted that both athletes have requested that their 'B' samples be tested and that they have also retained legal counsel.
"Two of our distinguished athletes, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, have been advised of adverse analytical findings in their 'A' samples taken during an in-competition test on June 21, 2013," read James' release.
"Both athletes have made, and continue to make, valuable contributions to Jamaica's athletic success locally and on the world stage," said James. "Whilst the Adverse Analytical Findings are unfortunate and disappointing, the club continues to stand by and support Sherone and Asafa during this time, and we will be following the developments in this matter closely and will endeavour to support and protect the rights of these two great athletes, so as to ensure a fair hearing for them and a just resolution of the issues involved."
James, who provided updates on the 'B' sample request, went on to reiterate the club's position against doping.
"The MVP Track and Field Club, since our establishment in 1999, operates one of Jamaica's and the world's foremost athletics clubs, and has delivered some of the finest moments of sporting history both locally and internationally, and will continue to do so with adherence to the highest levels of integrity," James said.
"I met with both athletes since their return to Jamaica, and they have advised me that they have requested that their 'B' samples be tested and they have retained legal counsel," he added.
Powell is a former world-record holder in the 100m, and has won two bronze medals in the event at the IAAF World Championships. He also helped Jamaica to 4x100m gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 IAAF World Championships.
Simpson won silver in the 100m at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and has also been a member of medal winning 4x100m relay teams at the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships.