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Athletics: Asafa Powell says he did not check banned substances list

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:39 AM
Jamaica's Olympic runner Asafa Powell, who tested positive for doping at the Jamaican Championships in 2013, returns to the conference room after being asked to step out during a presentation by attorneys on the first day of his hearing before the country's anti-doping commission in Kingston on Jan 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON (AFP) - Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary hearing that he doubled the dosage of his supplements the morning of his positive drug test.

The 31-year-old Jamaican sprint star told the Jamaican Anti-doping Commission panel on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, that he did so on the advice of his newly-hired physical therapist Christopher Xuereb.

Powell, who tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican national championships last June, said Xuereb told him to take two capsules of Epiphany D1 each morning for the first week then double it for the second week. Powell claims Epiphany D1 was the source of the oxilofrine.

"I didn't remember to do that (double the dosage). Chris (Xuereb) came to my room the morning of the trials and said I must remember to take four," said Powell, who began his testimony on Tuesday morning.

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