tells panel he 'forgot' supplement names
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[January 15, 2014]
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) — Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who tested positive for a banned substance last year, told
a disciplinary panel on Tuesday he did not list the supplements he was
taking because he could not remember their names.
The former world 100 meters record holder, who faces a two-year
ban if found guilty of a doping violation, tested positive for the
banned substance oxilophrine at last June's national championships.
According to Powell, who testified before a three-member Jamaica
Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel for over three hours, the supplements
provided by a new trainer were foreign to him and he researched them
for six hours before using them.
"I could not remember their names," said Powell, 31, one of five
Jamaicans to test positive at the national championships.
Powell's former training partner Sherone Simpson was among those to
return adverse findings for the banned substance and appeared before
a disciplinary panel last week. Her hearing resumes on February 4.
Both sprinters are blaming a newly-hired Canadian trainer, Chris
Xuereb, for supplying the supplements, including Epiphany D1, which
has since been found to contain oxilophrine
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Xuereb has denied providing them performance-enhancing drugs
and said the sprinters should take responsibility for their
failed dope tests.
Powell, who held the 100m world record from 2005 until
compatriot Usain Bolt broke it in 2008, said he did not consult
his coach before taking new supplements.
"I don't normally consult coach because we had a large club and
coach tends to a lot of athletes," said Powell.
The hearing resumes Wednesday, when Powell's longtime agent
Paul Doyle is expected to testify.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
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