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Powell, Simpson would not face further charges should same positive dope tests return

Xuereb came highly recommended — Doyle

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Tuesday, July 16, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — It is unlikely that Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and his MVP teammate Sherone Simpson will face further charges should they return further similar positive dope tests at track meets held subsequent to the National Trials in June.

That's the view of Dr Paul Auden, a well-known medical practitioner who has been involved with the sport for decades, and one who has accompanied a number of national teams on international duties.

Dr Auden was responding to the possibility of the drug reappearing in subsequent tests, in light of the fact that the athletes have blamed physical trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada for providing them with the supplement that contained the banned substance.

"It is the same compound that would show up, and in that short period of time, so the analysts would see that and it would not be counted as multiple positives," Auden told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

Paul Doyle, who is the agent for both Powell and Simpson, told the Observer yesterday that Xuereb had "departed and it is unlikely we will ever see him again".

Doyle admitted that it might have been a mistake to hire the Canadian, whose LinkedIn profile says he has been a 'Sports Injury specialist and trainer' who has been in practice since January 2000.

"He came highly recommended by another Canadian trainer we had used in the past and had worked with other athletes," Doyle said.

Xuereb, he added, had lived at Powell's home in Kingston and worked with him on a daily basis and had achieved some success. "Not too long ago Asafa ran 9.88 seconds in Lausanne and has stayed healthy."

The agent hastened to add that he did not think Xuereb had intentionally given the athletes the illegal substances. "I don't think this was a deliberate act, I think he was trying to do his best, and up to now we have no evidence that anything was deliberate."

Both athletes were notified last Friday at their Lignano, Italy, base that they had returned positive tests for a stimulant 'oxilofrine' (methylsynephrine) following the respective 100m finals on June 21 at the National Stadium.

They were among five Jamaican athletes that returned adverse analytical findings at the five-day championships along with female discus throw champion Allison Randall and two other still unnamed athletes.

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