André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medallist Sherone Simpson will today learn the dates for their respective hearings into the presence of banned substances in their samples from the National Senior Championships earlier this year.
Both sprinters, along with Traves Smikle, Allison Randall and Demar Robinson, who also tested positive for banned substances at the National Championships, faced members of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on September 6, with Powell and Simpson scheduled to learn the dates for their hearings today at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
With Randall (5th and 6th), Robinson (12th and 13th) and Smikle (16th and 17th) all set to face the panel in December, it is possible that Powell or Simpson may have to wait until 2014 to put forward a defence.
Powell and Simpson are being represented by attorneys Kwame Gordon and Danielle Chai.
A three-member panel led by attorney-at-law and vice-chairman of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, Lennox Gayle; physician Dr Jephthah Ford, and Peter Prendergast will preside over the hearings for both Simpson and Powell.
requisite orders and deadlines
They are also expected to receive the requisite orders and deadlines by the panel at today's preliminary hearing.
Powell is one of the biggest names in track and field, twice holding the 100m world record with times of 9.77 and 9.74 between June 2005 and May 2008. He is also a two-time World Championships bronze medallist, while Simpson is the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion over 200m as well as the joint 100m silver medal winner from the Beijing 2008 Olympics.