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Randall says 'B' sample to be tested July 30

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Sunday, July 21, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The five Jamaicans who failed drug tests at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA's) National Senior Championships in June, could know the result of the 'B' sample in just over a week's time.

At least one of the five, national women's discus throw champion Allison Randall, confirmed that her sample would be tested on Tuesday, July 30 at the IAAF-certified lab in Montreal, Canada.

So far four of the five have made public statements, all denying knowingly taking anything illegal.

Sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson returned positive tests for a stimulant oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), while Randall, national male discus throw champion Traves Smikle and a junior athlete all returned a positive for hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent.

The news of Powell's adverse analytical finding, which came hours after American former triple world gold medallist Tyson Gay made an admission that he, too, failed an out-of-competition test in May, sent shock waves around the sporting world.

Since then Chinese sporting goods company Li Ning has suspended Powell's sponsorship, days after Adidas did the same for Gay.

Chris Xeureb, a Canadian trainer, who was hired by Powell's agent Paul Doyle, was temporarily detained by Italian police last Sunday after the news broke, but was released and has since denied having anything to do with Powell's and Simpson's failed drug tests.

Doyle told several media houses on Monday, including the Jamaica Observer, that a new supplement that the trainer gave to the athletes could have led to the positive results.

Xeureb was with Powell and Simpson at a hotel in Lignano, Italy, that the athletes' club, MVP used as a base while in Europe.

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