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US lawyer to represent sprint duo

Published:Sunday | April 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Leighton Levy, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Paul Greene, a leading sports lawyer from the United States, will represent Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson when the athletes challenge their respective 18-month bans handed down by a Jamaica anti-doping disciplinary panel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"We're using a different lawyer with a lot more experience at CAS," the athletes' agent Paul Doyle has confirmed. "He's an American lawyer, Paul Greene."

On Tuesday and Thursday last week, Simpson, the 2006 Commonwealth Games 200-metre champion and 2008 Olympic 100-metre silver medallist, and her former clubmate, Powell, a former 100-metre world-record holder, respectively, were each banned after returning adverse findings for the stimulant Oxilofrine. The athletes were notified in July 2013, but their hearings were completed just last week, almost nine months later.

Both athletes were represented by Kwame Gordon and Danielle Chai from the law firm, Samuda and Johnson.

Greene services engaged

Going forward, the athletes have engaged the services of Greene, a former sportscaster turned lawyer and who has represented athletes such as Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps, snowboard gold medallist Seth Wescott and snowboarder Jamie Anderson.

According to the web page of his firm, Global Sports Advocates that was launched in February this year, Greene overturned a wrongful doping ban levied against an Egyptian athlete by her international federation; prevailed in a contract dispute involving a FIFA transfer fee on behalf of an agent from Bosnia; and successfully defended the right of an athlete to compete in the US Olympic Track & Field Trials, in an emergency hearing just hours before the race.