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Asafa Powell wants return after failing drug test

RETURN PROMISE: Asafa Powell failed a drugs test (PA)

POSITIVE DRUG test athlete Asafa Powell has said he wants to return to the track once it becomes possible.

The 30-year-old Jamaican sprinter, a former 100m world record holder, was found to have banned stimulant oxilofrine when tested at the Jamaican Championships in June.

Again, Powell repeated his first line of defence when the news emerged that he had never “knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements that break any rules”.

He said: “This has been the most difficult week of my athletic career.

“The supplements I took formed part of a very strict and rigid training regimen," he added in a statement.”

News of his positive test came out at the same time as American sprinter Tyson Gay failing his drug test.

Jamaican track star Sherone Simpson has also tested positive for banned substances – news that has further stunned the world of athletics.

Powell, like Gay, is awaiting the results of his B sample.

The Jamaican added: “Should this sample return adverse results, my team and I hope that the hearings will happen as fast as possible so as to allow me to return to my team, to once again represent my country, and to make my family, friends, and fans proud.”

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