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Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell fails drug test

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) -- Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell has failed a drug test, reports in his native and BBC Sports are reporting on Sunday.

Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth Games 100m gold medal, was apparently tested at the Jamaica National Championships in Kingston, last month.

The Jamaica Gleaner on Sunday confirmed that the handlers for Powell confirmed the 30-year-old had indeed tested positive for a banned substance.

Another MVP athlete, Sherone Simpson, the 2008 Olympic Games silver medallist, has also failed a drug test.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games 200m champion said on Sunday that she had tested positive for a stimulant at last month's trials.

It is understood that the representatives for Powell and Simpson will release a statement sometime soon.

Also on Sunday, American 100m record holder Tyson Gay admits to returning a positive test - confirming that he was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency on Friday about positive finding in his A sample from an out-of-competition test done in May.

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Barbara is a passionate writer, who likes to spend time traveling, hanging out with family members and cooking. Have a strong interest in New York and Florida sports teams, but is not limited to covering events on just those tops. Covers the 2000 Olympics In Sydney, Australia.Contact: basampson @

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