Johannesburg, Apr 11 (ANI): Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has reportedly slammed the 18-month doping ban meted out to him by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) and called it as ‘unfair’ and ‘unjust’.
Powell’s lawyer has vowed to appeal the decision handed down by a three-member panel of the JADCO Disciplinary Panel, which unanimously ruled that Powell, who blamed his positive result for a banned stimulant on a nutritional supplement, was negligent.
According to Sport24, the suspension of Powell, who along with training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for banned stimulant oxilofrine after the 100m finals at the Jamaican national championships on June last year, is due to end on December 20 of this year.
However, the former 100m world record holder insisted that the banned substance was not listed on the contents of his legal supplement-Ephiphany D1, adding that upon realising his error, he and his team promptly contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Powell, who held the 100m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, said that he believes the punishment is too severe for the level and nature of the offence as it is the first time in 12 years in the sport that he have had an adverse finding.
Stating that sanctions for a stimulant and this kind of infraction usually range from public warnings to a ban of three months, Powell also said that he is still more than prepared to accept a sanction that is in line with the offence, adding that instead the punishment he was handed is not based on the ‘offence nor the facts surrounding it’.
Powell blamed Canadian physical therapist Chris Xuereb for the positive test, saying he provided Epiphany D1 that resulted in the positive test. (ANI)