Asafa Powell: Sprinter seeks reduction to 18-month doping ban

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has asked  the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)  to reduce  his 18-month doping ban.

Powell 31, and three-time Olympic medal winner Sherone Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at Jamaica’s national trials last June.

Simpson, 29, has also asked for her  own 18-month suspension  to be reduced.

“The athletes put forward that the offence committed is minor,” a CAS statement read.

“They request that the suspensions be reduced to three months.”

The pair, who have been suspended from competition since their doping case was disclosed last July, received an 18-month ban from the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel in April.

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

Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medallist, is a training partner of Powell and took the same substance at the same event.

Powell. who was the biggest name in Jamaican sprinting before the rise of double world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, broke the world record in the 100m  when he ran 9.77 seconds in 2005,  then lowered the mark  to 9.74 in 2008.

In January, Powell testified that Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb  provided him with nine supplements, including Epiphany D1.

Xuereb has denied providing performance-enhancing drugs.

Powell and Simpson will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, but will be eligible to return to competition on 20 December.

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