Saturday 20 January 2018

Powell vows to continue his career despite failed test

Asafa Powell has stressed his determination to return to top flight athletics
Asafa Powell has stressed his determination to return to top flight athletics

Simon Hart

Asafa Powell has spoken publicly for the first time since his failed drug test, the former 100m world record holder stressing his determination to return to top-flight athletics in time for the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 30-year-old, who tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican trials last month, is still waiting to discover whether analysis of his 'B' sample confirms the adverse finding. Powell has already ruled himself out of competing in the 4x100m relay at next month's World Championships in Moscow and faces a provisional suspension if his positive test is confirmed, though he dismissed suggestions that he might now retire from the sport.

"I have never thought about it," Powell said. "I was just shocked by the news. I have been thinking a lot but never once thought about giving up. It's very unfortunate that I will not be going to the World Championships, but there is a lot more to go. There is a World Championships in two years' time again and then the Olympics. So there is a lot to look forward to."

Powell's manager Paul Doyle has blamed the drug test failures of Powell (right) and his training partner Sherone Simpson on a range of supplements given to the two sprinters by their physical trainer, Canadian Chris Xuereb, though he has denied the allegation and accused the athletes of making him a scapegoat.

A tearful Simpson said: "We were asked if we were taking any new supplements and we told the authorities where we got it from."

In a separate statement, Powell said: "Let me again reassure everyone that I have never knowingly taken any substance which could possibly give me an unfair advantage on the track." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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