Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said he didn’t tell doping officials about new supplements he was taking last year because he couldn’t remember their names.
Powell, 31 and a former 100m world record holder, testified before a disciplinary panel in Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday, six months after he said in a statement that he tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican National Championships in June.
The hearings will continue through at least Wednesday.
Powell and 2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson have been suspended from competition since their positive tests were made public. Their agent and coach have blamed Canadian trainer ChrisXuereb, saying he gave them tainted supplements.
Xuereb has said he’s been made a scapegoat.
Powell said Tuesday he and a friend looked into one of the nine supplements, ”Epiphany D1,” and found no prohibited substances in an up-to-six-hour online search, according to The Associated Press. That supplement was later found to have oxilofrine in lab tests.
Powell took double the dose of the supplement the morning he tested positive, according to Agence France-Presse.
He failed to name six of the nine supplements to doping-control officials on his declaration form before the National Championships last year.
”These were new supplements to me, so due to the excitement of the trials, I couldn’t remember,” Powell said, according to the AP.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.