Asafa Powell & Sherone Simpson free to race again pending appeals

Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are free to compete again pending the outcome of their appeals against 18-month doping bans.

The pair tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year's Jamaican national championships.

Who is Sherone Simpson?

  • Jamaican sprinter born in August 1984
  • Won gold in the 4x100m relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004
  • Won 100m silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and 4x100m relay silver at the London Olympics in 2012
  • Tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine competing in the Jamaican national championships in June 2013
  • Training partner Asafa Powell tested positive for the same substance at the same meet

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the application for a "stay of the execution" and a hearing has been scheduled for 7 and 8 July.

The bans were backdated to last June and were due to end on 20 December.

"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," the court said in a statement.

Training partners Powell and 29-year-old Simpson - an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medallist - argued the offence was minor and sought to have the bans reduced to three months.

Powell, 31, said on Twitter:   "God is good! Thank you to CAS for granting me this stay. I look forward to my day in court.

"Thank you to all of my fans, friends and family. You've helped me through the roughest time. It's not over but there's a light and I am grateful."