Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson settle case with Nutrition Company
Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have reportedly reached an out of court settlement with the company that sold the supplement, which caused them to fail a drugs test at the National Senior Trials in June 2013 — Hype Life Magazine has gathered.
The company, Dynamic Life Nutrition, is based in the United States.
The sprinters took Epiphany D1 as part of their training programme but later found out that the supplement contained oxilofrine, a stimulant which the company did not declare.
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As a result, the two Jamaicans were suspended from the sport for six months after the stimulant was found in their system.
Powell and Simpson, both Olympic relay champions, sued the company for US$8 million after independent laboratory tests revealed that there were “ingredients in the product (Epiphany D1) that were not listed on the label”.
Despite the settlement, Powell, 32, remains disappointed by what he says is the damage done to his reputation by the positive test.
“There is no way to really explain the kind of damage a ban has on an athlete’s reputation. For us it was especially painful, because we really let down our countrymen” said the former world record holder in the 100 metres.
“There’s no doubt that we’re going to continue fight to repair it and regain the trust of my fans and fans of the sport.”
Simpson, a three-time Olympian, added that while the process had been time consuming it had not affected them on the track and they were now cautious on what they took.
“Both Asafa and I are happy that we were able to settle this out of court. The legal process is tedious, but we don’t think about it when we are on the track. We have a very capable team, and both of us are now extra careful about our diets and supplement regimen,” she said.
The sprinters had testified in an anti-doping disciplinary hearing in Jamaica and a CAS appeal that they took Epiphany D1 as part of their training regimen, but later found out that the supplement contained the banned stimulant oxilofrine.
It was later proven that oxilofrene was contained in the Epiphany D1 supplement and that Dynamic Life Nutrition had failed in its duty to make a declaration to its customers.
The United States Federal Anti-Doping Agency, USADA, has since included Epiphany D1 on its list of high risk supplements.
Dynamic Life has also stopped distributing the product.
Powell was the 100-metre champion at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, while he is also an Olympic gold medallist – having been part of the winning 4x100m team in Beijing.
Simpson also won gold in the relay, hers coming in 2004, while she won silver in the 100m in 2008.