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Jamaica's Powell And Simpson Test Positive

posted 14 Jul 2013, 14:46 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 14 Jul 2013, 14:47 ]

Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson both tested positive for stimulants at last month's national championships.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS) - Jamaica's former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell tested positive for a stimulant at last month's national championships, his agent told Reuters on Sunday (July 14).

"We are working with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) now on how it got in his system," Paul Doyle said by telephone.

Powell's compatriot, Olympic 4x100 metres relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson also admitted on Sunday that she had tested positive for a stimulant at the national championships.

"This is a very difficult time for me," Simpson said in a statement to Reuters. "I was notified on July 14, 2013 that my urine sample taken at the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals returned a positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine)."

Simpson, 28, was a member of the Jamaican team that finished second in the 4x100 relay at last year's London Olympics.

She finished equal second in the 100 metres at the 2008 Beijing Games and won a gold medal in the 4x100 relay four years earlier in Athens.

"This is a very difficult time for me," Simpson said in a statement to Reuters.

"I was notified on July 14, 2013 that my urine sample taken at the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals returned a positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine).

"As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever that goes into my body. I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system."


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