Powell, Simpson hope for speedy resolution to doping cases
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said that all his checks on the supplements he had taken, stated that they were fit to be used by professional athletes, as he once again declared his innocence, while hoping for a speedy resolution to the situation.
Powell along with fellow MVP Track Club star Sherone Simpson, tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine at the National Senior Championships on June 21, and both athletes were available last night to a select group of reporters for comments, just over a week after news surfaced that their A samples had returned Adverse Analytical Findings.
“The supplements I took formed part of a very strict and rigid training regimen. All of our checks told us that the supplements were fit for consumption by professional athletes,” Powell said.
“I have requested that my B sample be tested and I await the results. Should this sample return adverse results, my team and I hope that the hearings will happen as fast as possible so as to allow me to return to my team, to once again represent my country and to make my family, friends and fans proud,” Powell added.
Simpson, noted that she felt the time was right to speak to the media and stated that she was shocked when she first heard the news of her positive test.
“We just got back to Jamaica last week and we had to meet with family and the attorneys to ensure that we were prepared going forward, make arrangements to get the B sample tested then after all that we decided to meet with the media,” said Simpson.
“I was shocked, I got the call about 1:30am in Madrid and I could not believe, I had to ask (Jamaica Anti Doping Commission chairman) Dr (Herb) Elliott if he was sure that he had the right name. To be honest, I cannot remember what happened after that,” said Simpson, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist.
Both athletes were joined by legal representatives Milton Samuda and Kwame Gordon from New Kingston - based law firm Samuda and Johnson, MVP Track Club president Bruce James and publicist Tara Playfair-Scott.
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