Powell pulls out of Paris meet

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 03, 2014, 18:29 PM IST

Paris: Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Saturday`s Diamond League meeting in Paris due to injury, event organisers announced Thursday.

Powell, a former 100-metre world record holder, complained of feeling a slight pain in his hamstring and elected not to race as a precaution, organisers added. 

Powell, 31, was expected to make his competitive return in the French capital after receiving a temporary reprieve following an 18-month doping ban he was issued in April.

He and training partner Sherone Simpson, who was also suspended for testing positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine at last year`s Jamaican Athletics Championship, have appealed their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). A hearing is set for July 7-8.

Powell was also a late withdrawal from last week`s Jamaican Athletics Championship after coming down with stomach flu.