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Why Asafa Powell never disclosed all his supplements to doping officials

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Former 100m world record holder, Asafa Powell, today testified that he failed to disclose to doping officials nine new supplements that he had received from his one time physical therapist, Chris Xuereb, because he simply could not remember their names.

Powell, made the disclosure while testifying in front of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel this morning, as he responded to questions around his doping violation from last year's National Senior Championships, where the banned stimulant Oxilofrine was found in his system.

Powell, who started his professional career in 2002 is being represented by attorney Kwame Gordon.

He told Lackston Robinson, the lawyer for the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, that he was not well aware of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

"I don't know the (WADA) Code. I know there is a list that you are supposed to check, I don't know the code. I see the list when I am checking for something. I don't know the list off the top of my head," Powell said.

The sprinter, who won two 100m bronze medals at the IAAF World Championships, also pointed out that he has never attended an anti-doping seminar in his career.

"When I am overseas I go there to compete. I have never heard of any of these seminars here in Jamaica," Powell testified.

Seventy-four exhibits have been entered before the panel, which comprises chairman Lennox Gayle, Peter Prendergast and Dr Japheth Ford.


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