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Asafa Powell’s doping hearing adjourned until Feb. 12

Asafa Powell

Jamaica’s Olympic runner Asafa Powell, who tested positive for doping at the Jamaican Championships in 2013, takes a lunch break on the first day of his hearing before the country’s anti-doping commission in Kingston January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy (JAMAICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)


Six months of waiting and two days of testimony were not long enough to settle former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell‘s doping case.

The Olympic champion Jamaican sprinter’s hearing will resume Feb. 12.

Powell, 31, testified before a disciplinary panel in Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday and Wednesday, after he said in a July 14 statement that he tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican National Championships in June.

2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson also tested positive for oxilofrine and will resume her hearing Feb. 4.

The highlight of Wednesday’s testimony came from a toxicology expert, who said oxilofrine would not have given Powell “that significant” of an advantage, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

“It doesn’t improve speed,” Professor Wayne McLaughlin of Caribbean Toxicology said, according to Reuters.

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