Powell, Simpson have doping hearing set for January

KINGSTON, Jamaica Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:58pm IST

Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell leaves a conference center, after a panel was chosen to investigate his positive test for the banned stimulant oxilofrine in last June's national championships, in Kingston September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell leaves a conference center, after a panel was chosen to investigate his positive test for the banned stimulant oxilofrine in last June's national championships, in Kingston September 6, 2013.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 4x100 relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson will appear before a disciplinary panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in January.

The two sprinters, who were among five Jamaicans to test positive at their country's national championships last June, were given the dates on Friday during a preliminary hearing at the Jamaica Conference Center in Kingston.

Simpson will face the panel January 7-8 while Powell will appear from January 14-15 in an attempt to clear their names.

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

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