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Unfair and patently unjust, says Powell after 18-month ban

02:01 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Kingston (Jamaica) : Jamaican Asafa Powell has described as “unfair and patently unjust” an 18-month drugs ban handed to him by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission, and says he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Following the judgment Thursday by the three-member disciplinary panel, the sprint star took to the popular online social network Twitter to thank his fans for their support but also for objecting the suspension, reports CMC.

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“This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust. 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,” Powell said in a statement.

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“This is the first time in nearly 12 years of being in the sport and over 150 tests that I have had an adverse finding… it is for a stimulant… a stimulant 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 offence. Instead, what has been handed down nine months later is clearly not based on the offence or the facts surrounding it.”

Powell, who had tested positive last June at the National Championships, reiterated his argument that he took a legal supplement – Epiphany D1 – which contained the stimulant oxilofrine, though this was not listed among the ingredients.

He had also claimed during hearings in January that Canadian physical trainer Chris Xureb provided him with the supplements that contained the stimulant. The JADCO panel said in its ruling that the sprinter had been “negligent” and “at fault”.Powell said he was hoping his appeal before the CAS would provide him with a reprieve. IANS/CMC

DRUG FACTS

  • Oxilofrine, found in the dietary supplement of former world record holder in the 100 m Asafa Powell, is a stimulant drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
  • The Jamaican tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the National Senior Championships last June.
  • The substance is an amphetamine found in some dietary supplements and it was developed to treat low blood pressure.
  • The substance is said to allow people to burn fat faster and lose weight, which is why it is present in some so-called sports nutrition supplements.

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