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Jamaica panel to resume Powell hearing next month

January 16, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The doping hearing in Jamaica for former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been adjourned until next month.

The 31-year-old is trying to explain why he tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at national trials in June.

The three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission began hearing testimony from Powell and others on Tuesday and was supposed to sit for two days but at the close of Wednesday’s session, it was adjourned until February 12.

The case involving Powell’s former teammate Sherone Simpson has also been adjourned until February. Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, also tested positive for oxilofrone at the same meet.

Powell lowered the world record in the 100 to 9.74 in 2008 before being eclipsed by countryman Usain Bolt.

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