Asafa Powell, other Jamaican athletes deny doping

Powell and Simpson had tested positive for a stimulant 'oxilofrine' (methylsynephrine), while Randall had returned a positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent for the use of other more powerful drugs.

updated: July 15, 2013 19:31 IST
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Montego Bay, Jamaica: Three of Jamaica's top athletes including Asafa Powell have denied taking banned substances after the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) confirmed that five of the country's athletes have tested positive for illegal substances.

JADCO did not name the athletes but reports say they include former men's 100m world record holder Powell, Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson and Central American and Caribbean Senior Games discus champion Allison Randall.

Although the three have refuted the claims that they have used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED), the results mean that they have been provisionally banned from competition until they face a disciplinary hearing.

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