Powell, Simpson settle case with nutrition company

Tue Sep 8, 2015 9:31pm EDT
 
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have settled a legal case with a nutrition company that sold the supplement Epiphany D1 which contained the banned substance oxilofrine, their management company said on Tuesday.

Two years after testing positive for the stimulant, Powell and Simpson have reached an out-of-court settlement with Dynamic Life Nutrition LLC, according to a news release.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed. Efforts to contact the supplement company for independent confirmation were unsuccessful.

The Jamaican pair tested positive for oxilofrine in June 2013 and got 18-month bans which were later reduced on appeal to six months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Powell and Simpson, both Olympic relay champions, sued the company for US$8 million after independent laboratory tests revealed that there were "ingredients in the product (Epiphany D1) that were not listed on the label".

Despite the settlement, Powell, 32, remains disappointed by what he says is the damage done to his reputation by the positive test.

"There is no way to really explain the kind of damage a ban has on an athlete's reputation," said the former world record holder in the 100 meters. "There's no doubt that we're going to continue the fight to repair it and regain the trust of my fans and fans of the sport."

Simpson, a three-time Olympian, added that while the process had been time consuming it had not affected them on the track and they were now cautious on what they took.   Continued...

 
Asafa Powell of Jamaica celebrates after he win the men's 100 metres at during the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, July 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe