Olympic Sprinter Asafa Powell Gets 18-Month Drug Ban, AP Reports

Former men’s 100-meter record-holder Asafa Powell was banned for 18 months after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the Associated Press reported.

A Jamaican anti-doping panel announced the decision today, the AP said. Powell, 31, tested positive for oxilofrine at the national trials last June.

Two days ago, Powell’s compatriot Sherone Simpson, an Olympic sprint medalist, was banned for 18 months after testing positive for the same stimulant at the event.

Both athletes blamed a physiotherapist who supplied them with supplements, the AP added. The sanctions were backdated to June 21, when they provided the samples.

Powell, who lost his 100-meter world record to current holder Usain Bolt in 2008, was an Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter relay the same year. Simpson won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2004 Olympics and silver in the 2012 event. She finished second in the 100 meters in 2008.

Simpson and Powell were among five Jamaicans to test positive at the national trials.