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Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson cleared to compete immediately

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Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson are eligible to compete immediately after the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut their doping suspensions from 18 months to six months Monday.

Powell, 31 and a three-time Olympian, was banned 18 months in April for a positive drug test in June 2013. The suspension was backdated, and Powell and Simpson successfully appealed the length of their bans.

Powell was in Switzerland on Monday and is entered in a 100m race in Lucerne set for Tuesday.

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Asafa Powell cleared to compete, for now

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Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell was granted a stay of execution of his current suspension, which allows him to compete in the Jamaican National Championships next week.

Powell and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson were banned following failed drug tests last year. Their bans were set to end in December, but both appealed.

On Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Powell and Simpson are eligible to compete immediately but may have to serve the remainder of their initial suspension later, if their appeals aren’t accepted. A hearing is scheduled for July 7-8.

U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay, who failed drug tests under different circumstances last year, had his ban reduced to one year for providing assistance to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and will return to competition July 3.

The Jamaican National Championships serve as a selection meet for the Commonwealth Games in July and August. Powell is the 2006 Commonwealth Games 100m champion. Usain Bolt will not compete at Jamaican Nationals.

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Sherone Simpson banned 18 months for positive drug test

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Three-time Olympic sprint medalist Sherone Simpson received a retroactive 18-month ban from a Jamaica anti-doping panel Tuesday for her failed drug test from June.

Simpson, a 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist, tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the 2013 Jamaican National Championships. So did former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who is expected to learn his fate later this week.

The 29-year-old can return to competition on Dec. 20, according to the report.

Simpson will appeal, according to the Press Association.

“We feel that this ruling is incredibly unjust, and we will be appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport immediately,” her agent, Paul Doyle, said in a statement.

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