By Vijay, TrackAlerts.com writer
LAUSANNE – Asafa Powell and his former training partner Sherone Simpson can run at next week's Supreme Ventures/Jamaica Senior Championships.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) gave the go ahead for the sprinters to run, effective immediately. CAS, however, noted both could still be asked to serve the 18-month suspention given by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel earlier this year.
The 31-year-old Powell and three-time Olympicmedallist Sherone Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at Jamaica's national trials last June (2013). The Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel suspended them for 18 months.
Both appealed to CAS for a reduction in the suspension. A hearing in this matter, CAC said, has been scheduled for 7 and 8 July 2014.
CAS on Wednesday cleared both athletes to run while adding:
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld today the application for a stay of the execution of the suspension currently served by the Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson pending the resolution of the arbitration conducted before the CAS. The athletes are free to compete from now on but may have to serve the remaining part of their ban later if the sanction is eventually confirmed by CAS.
Both athletes filed appeals at CAS against the decisions of the Jamaica Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel Tribunal of 8 and 10 April 2014 to suspend them for a period of 18 months, starting on 21 June 2013.
The athletes put forward that the offense committed is minor and request that the suspensions be reduced to 3 months."
The National Trials is set for June 26-29