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Sherone Simpson's drug hearing continues today

Published: Wednesday January 8, 2014 | 9:38 am Comments 0
Olympian Sherone Simpson (second left) with her lawyer Danielle Chai at the start of the two-day hearing into her anti-doping violation before an independent disciplinary panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, yesterday. Looking on is
Olympian Sherone Simpson (second left) with her lawyer Danielle Chai at the start of the two-day hearing into her anti-doping violation before an independent disciplinary panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, yesterday. Looking on is
Sherone Simpson – File
Sherone Simpson – File

The hearing into the positive drug test of Olympian Sherone Simpson continues today at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The 29-year-old sprinter is facing a three-member panel led by attorney-at-law and vice-chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Disciplinary Panel, Lennox Gayle.

The other members of the panel are physician Dr Jephthah Ford and former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast.

During yesterday's opening day, the Olympic 100-metre silver medallist revealed that she had embarked on extensive research before taking a new supplement.

Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the National Championships held in June of last year.

The new supplement – Epiphany D1 – was given to the athlete by her physical trainer Chris Xuereb.

Simpson told panel that she was familiar with most of the supplements received from Xuereb except the Epiphany D1, which she researched for three hours.

The Olympian says she Googled Epiphany D1 on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list and saw nothing on the bottle, which appeared on the WADA list.

Simpson was among five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for banned substances in July.

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