Asafa Powell gets 18-month ban for doping

Asafa Powell tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica's national trials last June. He'd been suspended from competition since his doping case was disclosed in July.

updated: April 10, 2014 21:49 IST
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Kingston, Jamaica: A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after he tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.

In the sprinting powerhouse's capital of Kingston, a three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said it's decision was unanimous.

"In all the circumstances, Mr. Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault," said commission chairman Lennox Gayle, adding that the panel would issue a statement explaining its decision in about a month.

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