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Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell seeks reduction in doping ban at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Updated: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:52 | Comments

Asafa Powell hopes to return to the track in Glasgow later this year
Asafa Powell hopes to return to the track in Glasgow later this year

Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell could yet compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow if his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against an 18-month doping ban proves successful.              

The 31-year-old was handed a backdated 18-month ban in April.

It is due to end on 20 December, but CAS have said the sprinter has requested his suspension be reduced to just three months because of the nature of the offence.             

Powell tested positive for a stimulant, oxilophrine, at the 2013 national championships. He said at the time of his ban that the stimulant, which is only banned during competition, had been found in a legal supplement he was taking.

A date for an appeal hearing has not yet been set, but Powell, along with training partner Sherone Simpson who was given the same ban, has been invited to file written submissions to CAS.  

The deadline for athletes wishing to compete at the Commonwealth Games is 11 June, six weeks before the Games get underway on 23 July.            

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