Canadian trainer linked to Jamaican sprinters who tested positive

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Global News

ROME – Italian police raided the hotel where Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson and a Canadian trainer were staying Monday after the two athletes tested positive for banned stimulants.

Rooms of the athletes and physical trainer Christopher Xuereb were searched and drugs and muscle supplements were seized, Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia told The Associated Press.

Pisapia said it was unclear if the drugs and muscle supplements were legal or illicit and that the substances were being analyzed.

“We are examining the substances now,” Pisapia said. “No arrests have been made and nobody has been placed under investigation.”

The raid took place at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy.

Powell, a former world-record holder at 100 metres, and Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month, their agent announced Sunday.

The police captain with the specialized NAS unit…

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