Asafa Powell anti-doping hearing under way

Jamaican sprinter says he did not list all the supplements he was taking at national championships because he could not remember their names

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Asafa Powell (Mark Shearman)

Asafa Powell told a Jamaican anti-doping hearing that he did not list all the supplements he was taking at the national championships because he could not remember their names.

The former 100m world record-holder tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine last June. Powell said he had received nine supplements from his physical trainer, Canadian Chris Xuereb, but that he only listed three of them on his declaration form at the Jamaican championships as he could not remember all of their names.

Powell said he checked out the supplements given to him by Xuereb on the internet to make sure they were legal. One of the supplements Powell did not list on his declaration form was Epiphany D1, which was later found to contain oxilofrine.

Powell is one of five Jamaican athletes to have failed drugs tests at the national championships. His training partner Sherone Simpson, who claimed 4x100m relay silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games, also tested positive for oxilofrine.

Her hearing took place last week when she denied being a drugs cheat, saying that she never intentionally took a banned substance. Simpson also said she researched Epiphany D1 on the internet before taking it, and that she also did not list it on her doping control forms. Her hearing will continue on February 4 as the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) panel were not able to conclude the case in the scheduled time.

Both athletes were provisionally suspended after their positive tests, missing the World Championships in Moscow in August.

Last July Xuereb denied giving the two sprinters performance-enhancing substances, saying that both athletes were looking for a “scapegoat”.

Powell’s hearing continues on Wednesday.

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