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Asafa Powell handed 18-month doping ban

Former 100m world record-holder Asafa Powell was handed an 18-month suspension on Thursday for his positive test for a banned stimulant.

other Updated: Apr 11, 2014 00:52 IST

Former 100m world record-holder Asafa Powell was handed an 18-month suspension on Thursday for his positive test for a banned stimulant.

Powell and training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for oxilofrine after the 100m finals at the Jamaican national championships on June 21, 2013.

A three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Disciplinary Panel unanimously ruled that Powell, who blamed the positive result on a nutritional supplement, was negligent, panel chairman Lennox Gayle said in announcing the verdict.

The suspension is due to end on December 20 this year.

"Having reviewed and listened, and bisected all evidence in this matter, and reading the submissions of both councils, the panel arrived at a unanimous decision and it is a decision that Mr. Powell was found to be negligent and that he was at fault, especially since he is an elite athlete, so the period of ineligibility will be 18 months, starting from the date of the positive test," Gayle said.

However, in a quick response, Powell's lawyer Kwame Gordon said the athlete would appeal.

"We are disappointed at the verdict and will be taking it to the next level," he said.