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Asafa Powell to appear before anti-doping panel tomorrow

Published:Monday | January 13, 2014 | 12:31 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Sprinter Asafa Powell will appear at a Jamaican Anti-Doping Committee disciplinary hearing tomorrow.




The former 100-metre world record holder tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the national championships in June.



Training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for the same stimulant but denied being a “cheat” at her hearing last week.



The 31-year-old Powell was one of several witnesses to testify at Simpson's hearing, which was adjourned until February 4.



Powell and Simpson are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the national championships. Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson had their disciplinary cases heard last month.



Powell and Simpson blamed the positive tests on a new brand of nutritional supplements given to them by a recently hired physical trainer, Canadian Chris Xuereb.



Xuereb denied giving the athletes any performance-enhancing drugs.



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