Powell, Simpson request testing of 'B' samples

Paul Reid

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, two of five athletes who returned adverse analytical findings in their 'A' samples last month, have requested that their 'B' samples be tested.


They have also retained counsel. A release sent out Monday from Bruce James, president of MVP Track Club where both athletes are members, confirmed the request for the 'B' samples to be tested.


It was announced last week that Powell, who returned home last week from the Lignano, Italy, training base of MVP, had retained a team of lawyers to act on his behalf.


Powell and Simpson returned positive tests for a stimulant oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), while discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle, as well as a junior athlete all returned positive tests for Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, all coming in June.


Meanwhile, Monday's release said the 14-year-old club was fully behind the two sprinters. "Whilst the Adverse Analytical Findings are unfortunate and disappointing, the club continues to stand by and support Sherone and Asafa during this time, and we will be following the developments in this matter closely and will endeavour to support and protect the rights of these two great athletes, so as to ensure a fair hearing for them, and a just resolution of the issues involved."




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