The world’s former 100-meter record holder Asafa Powell has become the second notable track star to test positive for a banned substance today. Just hours after it was learned that American sprinter Tyson Gay had tested positive and pulled himself from the World Championships in Moscow, the news of Powell’s positive test has surfaced.
There is no word on what substance Gay tested positive for, but Powell confirmed in a statement that he had tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine.
The positive test for Powell came at last month’s national championships.
“I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends and, most of all, my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules,” Powell said in his statement.
“I am not now – nor have I ever been – a cheat.”
The 30-year-old Powell held the 100-meter record up until world sensation and fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt ran away with the record in 2008.
Fellow Jamaican sprinter, Sherone Simpson, also tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine.
Needless to say, this has been a less than ideal day for the track and field world.