Asafa Powell drug trial adjourned

Asafa Powell

Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell will have to wait until February to find out whether he will face a two-year ban from athletics.

The 31 year old has been accused of taking banned stimulant oxilofrine, and his trail has been adjourned until next month. On the second day of the hearing, a toxicologist claimed Powell would have gained no advantage from the drug. Professor Wayne McLaughlin of Caribbean Toxicology told the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission trial that oxilofrine “does not improve speed”.

Powell, who set a world record of 9.74 seconds in 2007, was one of five Jamaicans, along with former training partner Sherone Simpson, to test positive for drugs at the National Championships in June.

The sprinter has blamed coach Chris Xuereb for the positive test, claiming that Xuereb had supplied him with a supplement called Epiphany D1, which contains oxilofrine. The trainer denies supplying the supplement, though the court heard that despite not being a doctor, chiroprator or physico he administered Powell’s injections and Vitamin B12.

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