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KINGSTON---Backup doping tests have come back
positive for former 100-metre world record-holder
Asafa Powell, team-mate Sherone Simpson and
three other island athletes.
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said the
athletes second samples were tested at a Montreal
lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It
says all five athletes have been notified and the
findings will be passed on to the Jamaican Anti-
Doping Disciplinary Panel so hearings can be sched-
Paul Doyle, the agent for Powell and Simpson, did
not immediately respond to an e-mail yesterday
seeking comment. The athletes and their agent have
focused on a new physical trainer, Christopher Xuereb
of Canada, saying supplements he provided caused
the positive tests.
However, Xuereb has said he didn t give the sprinters
performance-enhancing drugs and suggested he was
Powell and Simpson tested positive for the banned
stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica s national champi-
onships in June. Discus throwers Allison Randall and
Travis Smikle, along with a junior athlete, also tested
positive for prohibited substances at the same meet.
Powell was the last man to hold the 100-metre
world record before team-mate Usain Bolt broke it
in 2008. He also helped the island win the 400-
metre relay gold at the 2008 Olympics. Simpson won
Olympic gold in the women s 400 relay in 2004 and
silver in 2012, along with silver in the 100 in 2008.
The two Jamaican sprinting stars and trainer Xuereb
were formally placed under criminal investigation in
Italy following a hotel raid in July the northern resort
town of Lignano Sabbidadora, where the Jamaicans
have been training for years.
This week, an Italian prosecutor said their criminal
doping investigation has been delayed because they
have been unable to contact the athletes to ask
whether they wish to observe the testing of substances
sequestered during the police raid.
Meanwhile, a Jamaican disciplinary panel is delib-
erating a verdict after a four-day closed-door hearing
on a positive doping test by another marquee sprinter,
three-time Olympic gold medalist Veronica Camp-
bell-Brown. The panel includes a former judge, a
former senior military official and the head of the
island s medical association.
One of Campbell-Brown s lawyers representing
her at the hearing was PJ Patterson, a former prime
minister who led Jamaica from 1992-2006 and
remains a highly influential figure on the island.
The 31-year-old champion sprinter is the 2004
and 2008 Olympic winner in the 200. She also won
gold in the 4x100 relay at the 2004 Athens Games.
In London, she won bronze in the 100 and silver as
part of the 4x100 relay team. She was suspended
from competition in June after testing positive for
a banned diuretic at a meet in May in Jamaica, accord-
ing to a top Jamaican anti-doping official.
But the doping case involving Campbell-Brown
appears to involve a "lesser" offence of unintentional
use of a banned substance, IAAF spokesman Nick
Davies said in June.
The doping positives of three of the island s sprint-
ing stars have staggered many in Jamaica, where
track athletes are beloved and global domination in
sprinting is a huge source of national pride.
In recent days, Renee Anne Shirley, the former
executive of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission,
has made waves in Jamaica after revealing a number
of "troubling" problems during her brief tenure as
the top official. She has disclosed that the commission
did not have the staff to carry out rigorous anti-
doping programmes and just one out-of-competition
test was done between February 2012 and the start
of the London Olympics five months later.
The anti-doping commission has responded
defensively, saying it has viewed with "deep con-
cern the utterances by various persons in the
public sphere in their attempt to discredit the
work of JADCO, its commissioners, the govern-
ment of Jamaica and the success of Jamaican
Since starting testing in May 2009, JADCO
says it has conducted 876 tests - 504 in-com-
petition and 272 out-of-competition. (AP)
B samples positive for Powell, Simpson
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