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Powell, Simpson probed in Italy for alleged doping

Jamaican sprinters failed drugs test

Powell, Simpson probed in Italy for alleged doping

Udine, June 16 - Sprinter Asafa Powell, the former 100 metres world record holder, and fellow Jamaican athlete Sherone Simpson are being probed by Italian prosecutors for allegedly breaking Italy's anti-doping laws, along with a coach, Christopher Xuereb. Powell and Simpson were in northern Italy at a training camp when it emerged on Sunday that they were among five athletes who had failed drugs tests at Jamaican national championships in June. Italian police raided the hotel rooms of Powell, Simpson and Xuereb, a Canadian, on Monday and seized foreign medicines and diet supplements as a precautionary measure. Doping is a criminal offence in Italy. The fact that Powell, Simpson and Xuereb are being probed does not necessarily mean charges will be presented against them. Powell and Simpson reportedly left Italy on Tuesday.

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