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Asafa Powell suspended for 18 months following drugs breach

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Asafa Powell has been banned from competing for 18 months by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel following a doping offence last year.

The verdict announced today will be back dated to the time of the offence which will means Powell cannot compete until 20 December at the earliest.

The news comes as fellow Jamaican sprinter and training partner, Sherone Simpson, tested positive for the same banned stimulant - oxilofrine - just two days ago.

Simpson was also banned from athletics for 18 months and another Jamaican athlete, Allison Randall was banned for two years after testing positive for a prohibited diuretic drug.

Earlier in the year in January, Powell had testified that his Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb provided the athlete with nine supplements and one of which contained the banned drug - oxilofrine.

Asafa Powell claimed during his testimony today though that the reason he had not declared the banned stimulants prior to the hearing was simply because he could not remember the names of the supplements.

The Jamaican sprinter was once the fastest man in the world over 100m having posted a time of 9.74 in 2008 which was subsequently beaten by his compatriot Usain Bolt.

However, this ban means for the immediate short term that he will not be able to represent his country at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this summer and faces an uphill battle to restore his reputation next year.

With so much negative attention on the Jamaican national athletics team over the past week, their fans will be desperate to have some positive news when the Commonwealth Games begins on the 23 July.

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