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Athletics: Powell to use reprieve to compete at Jamaican nationals

Published on Jun 26, 2014 5:15 PM
 
Jamaica's Asafa Powell looks at the scoreboard after running in the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug 5, 2012. Powell plans to compete at the Jamaica Track and Field Championships this week, a year after testing positive for a banned drug during the same event. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) - Sprinter Asafa Powell plans to compete at the Jamaica Track and Field Championships this week, a year after testing positive for a banned drug during the same event.

The former 100 metres world record holder was slapped with an 18-month ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission following a positive test for Oxilofrine.

But Powell has been given a temporary reprieve by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) while he appeals the suspension, allowing him to run in the nationals. A hearing on his appeal is scheduled for July 7 and 8.

Despite the appearance of Powell several big names are missing this week, stripping the event of much of its star power. Jamaican athletes are also using this event to try and qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July-August.

 
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