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Athletics: Asafa Powell says he never knew ex-training partner Simpson used supplement

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:56 AM
 
Jamaica's Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson (right), who tested positive for doping at the Jamaican Championships in 2013, talks with former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell as she arrives for the second day the hearing before the country's anti-doping commission in Kingston Jan 8, 2014. Powell said at the hearing that he was unaware his former training partner Simpson was taking similar supplements to those he used. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON (AFP) - Former 100-metre world record-holder Asafa Powell said on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, that he was unaware his former training partner Sherone Simpson was taking similar supplements to those he used.

Powell was called as a witness in Simpson's doping hearing before the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission disciplinary panel that will begin a hearing into Powell starting next week.

Both Simpson and Powell tested positive for the same banned stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), at last June's Jamaican national championships.

Powell, who blamed his positive test on nutritional supplements, said he only became aware that he and Simpson were both taking similar supplements when both failed drug tests.

 
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