By Kayon Raynor
An early return to competition by suspended Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell at Friday’s fifth leg of the American Track League in Houston, Texas was foiled.
Powell, along with former training partner, Sherone Simpson, tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine in June 2103 and were banned for 18 months by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in April. The suspensions are due to expire December 20, 2014.
However, the start list for the 100m at Friday’s leg of the American Track League showed Powell down to contest heat two of the blue ribbon event.
A highly placed RJR Sports Online source, who spoke on condition of not being named, told RJR Sports Online that Powell’s “early return should have resulted from a proposed agreement which had the blessings of WADA (World Anti-doping Agency) and the IAAF for the ban to be reduced to 11 months”.
Powell’s agent, Paul Doyle, could not be reached by phone or email for a comment Friday evening.
However, it is understood that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, did not sign off on the agreement, resulting in Powell being withdrawn from the race in Houston, Texas.
JADCO’s executive director, Carey Brown, did not respond to an email query Friday evening.
Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder, who had started proceedings to appeal the length of the 18 month ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sports, now looks set to continue to the Switzerland based institution.
If Powell's and Simpson’s appeals to CAS are successful, they could compete at Jamaica’s National Senior trials from June 26 through June 29 to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, which is set to start July 23.