Asafa Powell has competed in the last three summer Olympic games. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Jamaican sprinter and Olympic medalist Asafa Powell banned 18 months for doping

Asafa Powell has competed in the last three summer Olympic games. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Asafa Powell has competed in the last three summer Olympic games. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Former 100 meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned 18 months for failing a drug test last year.

Powell, who has won three Olympic medals, called the sentencing “unfair and unjust,” according to the BBC. From the BBC’s report:

The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year’s national championships but the suspension has been backdated and will end on 20 December, 2014.

Asafa Powell called the ruling “unfair and unjust”, and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated.

He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

 

The substance in question, oxilofrine, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Powell, who has competed at the last three Summer Olympics, was the biggest name in Jamaican sprinting before the rise of Usain Bolt.

Powell will be forced to miss this summer’s Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Glasgow.

 

 

Asafa Powell suspended into December, plans to appeal

Apr 10, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

asafa profileFormer 100m world record holder Asafa Powell was given a retroactive 18-month ban for his positive drug test in June, meaning he is not eligible to race until December, according to Jamaican reports.

Powell’s team has begun preparations to appeal it, he said in a statement on his website.

“This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust,” the statement read. “Panels such as these, I understood, were assembled to allow athletes who, consciously or unconsciously come into conflict with the rules of sport, a chance at equitable redemption. Unfortunately, this was not the case.”

The decision was handed down by a Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission disciplinary panel on Thursday.

Powell, 31, tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine in June. Trainer Chris Xuereb was blamed.

“This is the 1st time in nearly 12 years of being in the sport and over 150 tests that I have had an adverse finding,” Powell said in the statement. “A stimulant that that is only banned during competition and experts have declared has no performance enhancing effects.

“Sanctions for a stimulant and this kind of infraction usually range from public warnings to a ban of three months, six months in the most extreme cases; I was and am still more than prepared to accept a sanction that is in line with the offense. Instead; 9 months later; what has been handed down is clearly not based on the offense nor the facts surrounding it.”

Training partner Sherone Simpson, a 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist, also tested positive for oxilofrine in June and was given the same suspension Wednesday. Simpson’s agent said an appeal would be filed.

Powell held the 100m world record from 2005 until Usain Bolt broke it in 2008.

Asafa Powell  has been part of the last three Olympic 100m finals, his best finish fifth in 2004 and 2008. He ran anchor on the Jamaican gold-medal-winning 4x100m relay team in 2008.

 

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