12 Apr 2014

Former champ calls on Powell to accept doping ban

7:43 am on 12 April 2014

Former 100 metres world record-holder Asafa Powell will appeal his 18-month suspension for his positive doping test.

The 31-year-old sprinter and training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for oxilofrine after the 100m finals at the Jamaican national championships in June last year.

Powell, who set a world record in the 100 metres in 2008, blamed Canadian physical therapist Chris Xuereb for the positive test, saying he provided the nutritional supplement, Epiphany D1, that resulted in the positive test.

Former 100 metres world champion Kim Collins says Powell should take responsibility for his actions and has no-one else to blame but himself.