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Jamaican panel bans Asafa Powell

Updated: April 10, 2014, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.

In the sprinting powerhouse's capital of Kingston, the head of the three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said its decision was unanimous after examining the "voluminous nature of the evidence."

"In all the circumstances, Mr. Powell ...

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