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Tests show Simpson's supplement contained banned drug
January 9, 2014 / 1:20 AM / 4 years ago

Tests show Simpson's supplement contained banned drug

KINGSTON, Jan 8 - The majority of tests conducted on a supplement suspended Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson was taking revealed a banned substance, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist’s doping hearing was told on Wednesday.

Jamaica's Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson (L), who tested positive for doping at the Jamaican Championships in 2013, talks with her attorney Danielle Chai during the second day of her hearing before the country's anti-doping commission in Kingston January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Simpson and former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell, who also testified at Wednesday’s hearing, returned adverse findings for the banned drug, oxilofrine, at June’s Jamaican championships.

Both face two-year bans if found guilty of doping violations.

Two separate tests on a sealed bottle of “Epiphany D1”, a supplement she was taking, showed the presence of banned drug oxilofrine, Professor Wayne McLaughlin of Caribbean Toxicology, a witness for Simpson, told the three-member Jamaica Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel.

McLaughlin noted, however, the drug was not listed on the label of ingredients of Epiphany D1.

But testing by HFL Sports Science-Informed Sports, showed conflicting results, according to documents submitted by Simpson’s legal team.

One tested bottle, without an expiry date, showed the presence of oxilofrine, while a bottle with an expiry date, did not, the report from the Kentucky laboratory said.

A lawyer representing the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission had told the hearing on Tuesday there was no evidence to suggest oxilofrine is contained in Epiphany D1.

Powell, who will have a similar hearing later this month, said he had been unaware the two sprinters were taking the same supplements, which were provided by Canadian physical therapist Chris Xureb.

“After we were notified of our positive test, we sat in my room (in Lignano, Italy) and spoke,” Powell said. “That’s when I found out we were taking the same things.”

Simpson, testifying for a second day, told the panel she was unaware of published advisories from the International Association of Athletics Federations, the World Anti-Doping Agency and other anti doping organizations against using supplements.

Simpson’s hearing will resume on February 4.

Powell’s is scheduled to begin on January 14.

Editing by Gene Cherry

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