Simpson, Powell await appeal decision from CAS
The wait has started for former Commonwealth Games sprint champions Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson after presenting their appeals against an 18-month ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) held in New York on Monday and Tuesday.
Powell, also the former men's 100m world record holder, and Simpson had appealed against the ban handed down by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (JADDP) in early April, saying it was excessive and that they are asking CAS to reduce it to three months.
Both tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine at last year's JAAA National Senior Championships in June and had blamed Canadian trainer Chris Xureb — who had been hired by their agent Paul Doyle — for giving it to them in a tainted supplement.
A release from Powell's publicist Tara Playfair-Scott yesterday said the two had completed their appeal hearings and were "more than satisfied with the process and patiently await the CAS panel's decision".
The release also dismissed earlier reports that the athletes were freed of the doping charges.
"Any reports of the athletes' previous sanction being overturned by CAS are premature and in fact unofficial," the release added.
Meanwhile, a provisional lifting of the ban by CAS on June 18 that allowed the athletes to compete is still in effect, the release stated, and Simpson, who used the opportunity to compete at the JAAA National Senior Championships ,will race in Belgium this Saturday in the 100m and 200m events.
Powell pulled out of the National Senior Championships and an IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris last weekend.
Sherone Simpson (left) and Asafa Powell in anxious wait for outcome of CAS appeal.