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Asafa Powell's doping hearing begins today

HEARING: Asafa Powell

THE DRUG hearing into the positive test by former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell begins today (Jan 14) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The hearing is scheduled for two days.

The 31-year-old Powell tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the national championships in June.

Powell’s hearing comes less than a week after he testified at Sherone Simpson’s hearing, which was adjourned until February 4.

Powell and Simpson are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the national championships.

Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson had their disciplinary cases heard last month.

Powell and Simpson blamed the positive tests on a new brand of nutritional supplements given to them by a recently hired physical trainer, Canadian Chris Xuereb.

Xuereb denied giving the athletes any performance-enhancing drugs.

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