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KINGSTON---The Court of Arbitration
for Sport has reduced 18-month dop-
ing bans for Jamaican sprinters Asafa
Powell and Sherone Simpson to just
Powell, a former world record holder
in the 100 metres, and three-time
Olympic medalist Simpson tested pos-
itive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine
at Jamaica s national trials last year. In
April, Jamaica s anti-doping disciplinary
panel suspended the two athletes for
18 months, with the start of the sanc-
tions backdated to June 21, 2013.
"I never felt that I should not have
received a sanction. However, I always
felt that the 18 months was not in line
with a first-time positive test result,"
Powell said in a joint statement released
with Simpson yesterday.
Simpson said their "actions were not
intentional and CAS has recognised
CAS announced yesterday it had
decided to reduce their period of inel-
igibility to six months. That time has
already been served. The court heard
the appeals in New York over two days
earlier this month.
The two athletes had requested that
their suspensions be reduced to three
months, arguing their offenses were
"minor" because it was caused by con-
tamination of the supplement Epiphany
D1 that both of them were taking.
Powell and Simpson have been free
to compete since June 18 after CAS
granted a stay of the Jamaican panel s
decisions pending the outcome of their
doping appeals. The athletes said they
would compete today at a meet in
Switzerland "with a renewed sense of
excitement and passion."
The Switzerland-based appeals court
said its full decisions on the sprinters
cases will be issued "in a few weeks."
But Powell and Simpson said the court
ruled that all arbitration costs for the
CAS hearings should be paid for by the
Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission
Without disclosing specifics, the
statement from the Jamaican athletes
and their attorney said it is "believed
to be one of the largest awards in the
history of the CAS."
"The nearly historic cost that JADCO
will be required to pay is a sign from
the CAS that JADCO s failures in han-
dling their cases are unacceptable," said
Paul Greene, the sprinters attorney.
JADCO did not immediately reply to
an email seeking comment.
Earlier this year, CAS cleared
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-
Brown of doping because of
"deplorable" flaws in the test collection
procedures in Jamaica and possible
contamination of her urine sample. A
Jamaican panel had ruled that Camp-
bell-Brown be suspended for two years
before CAS cleared her. (AP)
doping ban on
BOSTON---A foundation named in
honour of an 8-year-old boy who died
in the Boston Marathon bombings is
seeking charity runners for the New
York City Marathon.
The Martin W Richard Charitable
Foundation was created to honour the
memory of the youngest victim of the
2013 bombings. Martin Richard, of
Boston, was watching the marathon
with his family when two bombs placed
near the finish line exploded, killing
him and two others and wounding
more than 260.
Team MR8, the foundation s race
team, had 102 members and raised
more than $1.25 million at this year s
The foundation announced yesterday
it will field a team of runners for the
2014 New York City Marathon on
The New York Road Runners, which
operates the marathon, has awarded
eight charity entries to Team MR8. In
addition, any runners already registered
are welcome to apply to run in Martin s
Martin s father, Bill Richard, said
proceeds will be used to invest in edu-
cation, athletics and community, three
things that were important to Martin.
In the days after the bombings, a
photo of Martin holding his handmade
poster that read "No more hurting peo-
ple. Peace" made many see him as a
symbol of peace.
Charity runners are asked to raise
$3,000 for the foundation. Runners
who are already registered but wish to
run as part of Team MR8 are asked to
commit to raising $1,000.
Applications are being accepted until
July 28. Team MR8 will announce its
roster of runners for the New York City
Marathon during the first week of
Boston foundation seeking
New York charity runners
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