MNI Sports (Global Caribbean Media) reports that former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned from sprinting for 18 months for doping. The 31-year-old sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica’s national trials last June. He’s been suspended from competition since his doping case was disclosed in July.
A panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission announced their decision Thursday in Jamaica’s capital. Powell’s ban begins from the date of his sample collection on June 21, 2013. That means he’s eligible to return to competition on Dec. 20. Like former teammate Sherone Simpson, Powell had placed the blame on a physiotherapist who supplied them with supplements. Earlier this week, Simpson was banned until Dec. 20.
Meanwhile, former 100m world champion Kim Collins told the BBC that Asafa Powell cannot use ignorance as an excuse for his 18-month drug ban. Collins commented; “If you say you trust people, and that’s what happens, you’re just as bad as them,” Collins told BBC Sport, adding that cheats need to “man up”.
Kim Collins, who runs for St Kitts/Nevis, said that it was wrong for Powell to put the blame on his coach. He further went on to explain to BBC Sport that athletes who cheat should follow the example of British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who admitted he was to blame after testing positive for the designer drug tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in August 2003, for which he received a two-year ban.
Collins said: “Whenever these tests come out, people have some really strange excuses. Very few people man up, and I think that’s why Dwain ended up in so much trouble – for saying the truth.