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Asafa Powell hearing adjourned until next month

Former world record holder Asafa Powell recently returned a positive drugs test. Photo by Aktiv I Oslo via Flickr

Former world record holder Asafa Powell recently returned a positive drugs test. Photo by Aktiv I Oslo via Flickr

Asafa Powell must wait until February 12th to find out the outcome of his hearing regarding his failed drugs test last year.

The 31-year-old shook the athletics world when it was announced that he had tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine back in June at the Jamaican Championships.

Since then, the former 100m world record holder has kept a low profile, but has continued to train in his native Jamaica.

If found guilty, he could face a two-year ban from all competition from track and field, which could include the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. And with his current age at 31, it could signal the end of his once impressive career.

During his hearing earlier this week, Powell revealed that he was unaware of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules concerning the supplements that he had received from this Canadian physical trainer, Chris Xuereb.

He did list the three on his declaration form prior to the championships; however, he did not add the remaining supplements because he could not remember their names.

This comes after the trial of Sherone Simpson which was also adjourned until early next month, which Powell was present as a witness to testify for his training partner, when she also tested positive with the same stimulant, but she has denied that she used them to cheat in competition – although it was revealed that the drug can not be used to enhance performance regarding speed.

Powell still holds the record for the most sub-10 second runs for the 100m in history and broke the world record with 9.74 seconds in 2007, but failed to win an individual global or Olympic title, losing to Tyson Gay (who also admitted taking a banned substance the same day Powell’s was announced) in 2007 and then the emergence of Usain Bolt also halted any attempts too. He did collect two golds, but both were from the 4x100m relay in Beijing and Berlin. 

Powell and Simpson join three more Jamaicans, Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high jumper Demar Robinson, who also failed drugs tests last year, which resulted in a  provisional suspension, thus missing the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

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