Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell will have their cases before a Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Disciplinary panel heard in January next year. This as the embattled athletes seek to clear their names in a case that has garnered international attention.
Simpson, 29, the 2008 Beijing 100-metre silver medallist and Powell, 30, the former 100-metre world record holder, are both being represented by attorneys Kwame Gordon, Danielle Chai, and Winsome Young. Lackston Robinson will represent JADCo when the panel chaired by Lennox Gayle and which includes Dr Japheth Ford and Peter Prendergast convenes early next year.
Simpson's case will be heard on January 7 and 8, while Powell's will come up a week later on January 14 and 15. Powell was not happy about the January hearing dates but the challenge faced by the panel is that Robinson, will be representing JADCo in the cases of Allison Randall, Demar Robinson and Traves Smikle which are set to be concluded by December 17 this year. Both athletes were present at the preliminary hearing held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.
The attorneys representing the athletes are also awaiting a lab documentation package from JADCo which they expect to receive soon, and presumably it will take some time for the information contained within to be perused and analysed before the hearing can proceed.
"Basically, the lab documentation contains details of the test results. JADCo has indicated that we will be getting it shortly," Gordon explained afterwards.
Both athletes were among the five who failed drug tests coming out of the Jamaican national championships in June. Both tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine.
The case took on an international flavour the same day the news broke in July as Italian police raided the hotel room of physical trainer Chris Xuereb who had been hired by Powell's agent Paul Doyle.
Powell's father, William, as well as his publicist, Tara Playfair, were present at yesterday's hearing. Both athletes sat quietly next to their attorneys as they hashed out the details for the pending hearings.