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Powell and Simpson have doping bans reduced

ESPN staff
July 14, 2014
Asafa Powell is now free to compete © Getty Images

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says it has upheld in part appeals filed by Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.

Powell and Simpson tested positive for a banned stimulant at Jamaica's national trials last year. Earlier this year, a Jamaica anti-doping disciplinary panel suspended the two Jamaican Olympic medallists for 18 months after a doping ban.

On Monday, CAS announced it had decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six months. That time has already been served.

The two sprinters have been free to compete since June 18 after CAS granted a stay of the Jamaican panel's decisions. CAS says the full decision will be issued "in a few weeks."

Both Powell and Simpson say they feel vindicated by the court.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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