Jamaica's Asafa Powell given 18-month suspension for doping

Asafa Powell won't be able to compete until December. (USATSI)

Jamaican sprinter and former 100m record holder Asafa Powell was suspended for 18 months on Thursday, a result of a positive doping test stemming from last summer’s national championships. 

Powell’s suspension was backdated, beginning from the time of his positive test on June 21, 2013, and it will end on December 20. He and fellow Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson (4X100m) reportedly used the stimulant oxilofrine, which Powell testified in January, he had obtained from a Canadian physician. That physician, Christopher Xuereb, has denied ever giving the athletes any PEDs.

The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission, a three-person panel, all agreed on the penalty after reviewing the “voluminous nature of the evidence.”

“In all circumstances, Mr. Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault,” the panel said.

Powell was the face of Jamaican running ahead of Usain Bolt. In 2005, Powell held the 100m record at 9.77 seconds, then lowered that in 2008 to 9.74 seconds. 

Powell, 31, tested positive during national trials last year and missed the world championships as a result of his positive sample. Powell is a two-time 100m world championship bronze medalist, and he won an Olympic gold in the 4x100m relay in 2008. 

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