Sport

Powell, Simpson hope for favourable CAS ruling

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014    

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JAMAICAN sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson could know today whether the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is in agreement that their 18-month bans imposed by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) were excessive.

Both athletes, former MVP Track Club training partners, had appealed their bans handed down in March this year and were granted a hearing by CAS to be held in New York between yesterday and today.

They were suspended from competition after a banned stimulant Oxilofrine was found in their systems at last year's JAAA National Senior Championships. Both were handed 18-month bans that were to run until December this year.

After filing an appeal, however, CAS had given both provisional reprieves clearing the way for them to compete at last month's JAAA National Senior Championships. While Simpson competed and took part in both the 100m and 200m, Powell pulled out at the last minute citing a "stomach bug".

Both Powell and Simpson, Commonwealth Games gold medallists in 2006, have asked CAS to lessen the bans to three months.

"This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust," Powell wrote on his website.

Simpson, who spoke to the media at the recent JAAA Championships, said she was confident CAS would rule in their favour.

"I leave it in their hands. They have seen all what has been going on and for them to give us the stay (of execution) to be here competing, I have to say a big thank you to CAS and I am happy for the opportunity to be here competing," she said then.

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