Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned from athletics for 18 months over doping offences.

The 32-year-old Jamaican sprinter has been suspended from competing since he tested positive for banned substance oxilofrine at Jamaica’s national trials in June 2013.

In January, the sprinter testified that his trainer Chris Xuereb provided him with nine supplements, including Epiphany D1, which lab tests confirmed contained the banned stimulant.

Today, a disciplinary panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) have announced that Powell will be banned from competition until 20 December 2014, with the 18-month ban back-dated from last summer.

Powell’s lawyer said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Powell’s ban follows former sprinting team-mate Sherone Simpson being banned for a similar offence and Jamaican Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall handed a two-year ban for using a prohibited diuretic on Tuesday.

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