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Daily News Roundup: Asafa Powell's Hearing

Daily News Roundup: Asafa Powell’s Hearing

| On 15, Jan 2014

Last June, former 100 meter world record holder Asafa Powell tested positive for a banned stimulant (oxilofrine). His hearing in front of an anti-doping panel began yesterday and continued today. It has been interesting to say the least.

Besides Powell, the main character is physiotherapist Chris Xuereb, who supplied Powell with such a galaxy of “supplements” that the sprinter couldn’t remember all of them when it came to fill out forms declaring what he was taking. Powell blames the supplement Epiphany D1 for his positive test, which he took that morning. Xuereb, who Sherone Simpson also recently blamed for her positive test (and for the same substance), maintains that he did nothing wrong and is being scapegoated by MVP club coach Stephen Francis.

The whole thing is beginning to seem like an episode of “Law and Order: Anti-Doping Agency”. Powell appears remarkably foolish, stating that he wasn’t aware of WADA regulations and that he trusted Google alone to determine if these supplements were safe. Both Powell and Simpson (in her hearing last week) said they “forgot” to list the same supplement, Epiphany D1. Today Powell testified that Xuereb injected him on multiple occasions as treatment for a hamstring injury.

The story is not over yet.


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