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Italian police to investigate Powell and Simpson

Italian police to investigate Powell and Simpson
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Italian police are investigating Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson as well as their physical trainer on suspicion of violating doping laws.

On Monday police found large amounts of unknown substances at the Jamaican team’s annual training base hotel in Lignano where the trio were staying.

The track stars’ coach Stephen Francis blamed their agent Paul Doyle for getting his charges in trouble.

It is understood that against the wishes of Francis, Doyle hired Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb to help Powell personally.

But allegedly Xuereb then supplied both sprinters with supplements that largely contributed to their failed dope tests at last month’s Jamaican championships.

Newswire Ansa said the Udine military police health protection unit had seized some 50 boxes during a search of the hotel in north-east Italy, and would analyse pills, vials, sprays and creams to see if they contained banned substances.

In a major blow to Jamaican athletics and the sport in general discus thrower Allison Randall on Monday become the third athlete to confirm a positive drugs test from the Jamaican trials.

The day before, former double world sprint champion Tyson Gay delivered a further body blow to his troubled sport when he pulled out of next month’s Moscow world championships after failing an out-of-competition dope test.

Gay said he had never knowingly taken a performance enhancing drug adding: “I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have lies … I
basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”