Jan 14, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said he didn’t tell doping officials about new supplements he was taking last year because he couldn’t remember their names.
Powell, 31 and a former 100m world record holder, testified before a disciplinary panel in Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday, six months after he said in a statement that he tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican National Championships in June.
The hearings will continue through at least Wednesday.
Powell and 2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson have been suspended from competition since their positive tests were made public. Their agent and coach have blamed Canadian trainer Chris Xuereb, saying he gave them tainted supplements.
Xuereb has said he’s been made a scapegoat.
Powell said Tuesday he and a friend looked into one of the nine supplements, ”Epiphany D1,” and found no prohibited substances in an up-to-six-hour online search, according to The Associated Press. That supplement was later found to have oxilofrine in lab tests.
Powell took double the dose of the supplement the morning he tested positive, according to Agence France-Presse.
He failed to name six of the nine supplements to doping-control officials on his declaration form before the National Championships last year.
”These were new supplements to me, so due to the excitement of the trials, I couldn’t remember,” Powell said, according to the AP.
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