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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson are now free to compete after their application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a stay of the execution of the suspension were upheld.

Both sprinters were serving 18-month bans handed down by Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel Tribunal on April 8 and the 10 and were due to return to action in December 2020.

Powell, 31 and Simpson, 29 are now free to compete in the Jamaican National Championships next week making them eligible for selection to the Commonwealth games set for July in Scotland.

But they may have to serve the remaining part of their ban later if the sanction is eventually confirmed by CAS. Both were banned following failed drug tests last year and both appealed. The hearing is scheduled for July 7-8.

The Jamaica Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel Tribunal sanctioned the athletes following a positive anti-doping test with the banned substance Oxilofrine.

The athletes put forward that the offence committed is minor and request that the suspensions be reduced to three months.

Howard Walker


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