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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ROME --- Former 100-metre world-record holder
Asafa Powell, Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson
and their physical trainer were formally placed under
criminal investigation for allegedly violating Italy s
doping laws, police said yesterday.
The move came a day after Italian police confiscated
unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where
the trio was staying in the northeastern town of Lignano
Sabbiadoro after the athletes tested positive for banned
The trainer is Christopher Xuereb of Canada.
Udine prosecutors believe the trio violated Article
9 of the doping laws, which calls for punishment for
whoever administers or consumes banned substances.
Police were still analysing the substances seized to
determine if they were legal or not.
Being formally placed under investigation is a step
up in the Italian justice system from someone simply
"informed of the facts," which is how someone can
be questioned by police. That occurred after the raid
early Monday, when the trio were brought to a local
Both Powell and Simpson, who tested positive for
the stimulant oxilofrine, train under coach Stephen
Francis at the high-profile MVP Track and Field Club
in Jamaica. On Monday, Francis blamed the positive
tests on Xuereb.
"We are not disowning Asafa, we are just saying
this relates to his personal employee. The trainer has
nothing to do with MVP," Francis said.
Francis said that he told Powell to only trust people
who were with him from the start.
"If you are going to sink, sink with people who were
always around," Francis said.
Jamaican athletes have made Lignano their in-season
training base for years.
A local athletics meet was scheduled for late yesterday
in Lignano and Jamaicans had been scheduled to com-
pete as they do most years. However, neither Powell
nor Simpson were on start lists released Monday.
It was unclear if the athletes were still in Lignano.
A hotel receptionist said late Monday that Xuereb had
The news of the positive tests for Powell and Simpson
came the same day that American 100-metre record
holder Tyson Gay revealed that he also failed a doping
Also Monday, discus thrower Allison Randall
acknowledged that she was one of the five Jamaican
athletes who tested positive for a banned substance
at the Jamaican championships last month, along with
Powell and Simpson.
Randall holds the island s record for the discus
throw and competed at the London Olympics. Her
statement says she was "shocked and surprised" at
the findings and hopes her backup sample will clear
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association
issued a brief statement Monday saying an anti-doping
management process has started for the athletes. It
did not identify the two other athletes who tested
Powell was the last man to hold the 100-metre
world record before Usain Bolt broke it in 2008. He
also helped the Jamaicans to the 4x100-metre relay
gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.
Simpson won Olympic gold in the women s 4x100
relay in 2004 and silver in 2012, along with an individual
silver in the 100 in 2008.
The findings come a month after another Jamaican
Olympic champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested
positive for a banned diuretic. (AP)
NAIROBI --- Olympic champion
David Rudisha pulled out of the
800 metres at next month s world
championships with a knee injury
yesterday, robbing the track meet
of another star attraction after
US sprinter Tyson Gay withdrew
following a failed doping test.
"My knee problem is progressing
well but unfortunately not fast
enough to enable me to recover in
time," Rudisha said in a statement
through Athletics Kenya.
Rudisha s coach, Colm O Con-
nell, earlier said that the world
record-holder had been sidelined
from training for six weeks with
the right knee problem and received
treatment in Germany, but he
wouldn t be ready to defend his
title at the worlds.
"Finally we have made the deci-
sion," O Connell said. "We held
back for (a) long (time) hoping for
improvement and he has improved
quite a lot but we didn t want to
do a crash course between now
and the world championships,
which may aggravate the injury
since he has been out of training."
O Connell said the 24-year-old
Kenyan, who produced one of the
Olympics lasting performances in
London last year to win 800 gold
in a world-record time, first felt
pain in his knee at the Adidas
Grand Prix in New York in May.
That led to him withdrawing from
the Diamond League meet in
O Connell said the injury may
have occurred a few weeks before
New York when Rudisha was run-
ning on rough ground in Kenya,
where he trains in the high-altitude
regions of Eldoret and Iten, but
they couldn t be sure. Rudisha
sought treatment in Germany and
was initially hoping to recover in
time for the August 10-18 worlds.
"Doctors there (in Germany) said
it may take three weeks for him to
recover and we thought he would
have seven weeks of training,"
O Connell said. "But it has been
longer. That s why we have decided
to make the announcement."
The world s dominant two-lap
runner, Rudisha was one of the
athletes the IAAF would have des-
perately wanted to be at the worlds
after Gay, the former 100 and 200
world champion, said this weekend
he would not compete in the Russ-
ian capital after he was one of a
number of top competitors to test
positive for a banned substance.
Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell
--- the former 100 world record-
holder --- and Sherone Simpson ---
a three-time Olympic medalist ---
also have failed drug tests, it
emerged, just three weeks before
the worlds. They were two of five
athletes to fail doping tests at the
Jamaican championships. (AP)
Injured Olympic 800m champ
Rudisha out of worlds
Powell, Simpson, trainer
put under investigation
David Rudisha, of Kenya, competes
in the men's 800m during the IAAF
Diamond League Grand Prix
competition in New York in May.
The Olympic 800-metre champion
and world-record holder has pulled
out of next month's world
championships because of a right
knee injury. AP PHOTO
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