Powell and Simpson have suspensions cut

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Posted: Jul 14, 2014 1:38 PM

By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON - Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have had their 18 month drug suspensions cut to six months and are free to continue competing, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.

"The CAS decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six months, which has been already served," the global court said in a statement on its website.

CAS said it would announce a reason for its decision in a few weeks.

A Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel had suspended former 100 meters world record holder Powell and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Simpson for 18 months after they had tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the 2013 Jamaican world championships trials.

The sprinters appealed and CAS granted a stay of the decision, allowing them to run beginning last month while it decided the case.

(Reporting by Kayon Raynor, editing by Gene Cherry and Steve Keating)