Powell and Simpson have suspensions cut

Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:55pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have had their 18-month drug suspensions cut to six months and are free to continue competing, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.

"The CAS decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six months, which has been already served," the global court said in a statement on its website.

CAS said it would announce a reason for its decision in a few weeks.

Powell and Simpson, who had tested positive for a stimulant last year, both said they were elated with the decision.

“I feel total relief and that we have finally been vindicated," Simpson said in a statement. "Our actions were not intentional and CAS has recognized that. I am truly thankful."

Powell added: "I always felt that the 18 months was not in line with a first time positive test result and it being proven it came from a tainted supplement.”

Jamaican officials said they would abide by the decision.

"We see and note the ruling by CAS and we will abide by the ruling as it is from the final court," Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission executive director Carey Brown told Reuters.   Continued...

Jamaica's Olympic runner Asafa Powell, who tested positive for doping at the Jamaican Championships in 2013, takes a lunch break on the first day of his hearing before the country's anti-doping commission in Kingston January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy