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Powell, Simpson, trainer investigated in Italy

Tuesday - 7/16/2013, 10:12am  ET

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2013 file photo, Asafa Powell of Jamaica, center, competes with Nesta Carter of Jamaica, left, and Kim Collins of Saint Kitts, right, during the men's 100 meter at the Diamond League track and field competition in Shanghai, China. Former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson have each tested positive for banned stimulants, according to their agent. Paul Doyle told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 14, 2013 that they tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships and were just recently notified. The news came the same day that American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay revealed that he also failed a drug test. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

ANDREW DAMPF
AP Sports Writer

ROME (AP) -- Police say former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell, Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson and their trainer are under investigation for violating Italy's doping laws.

The move comes a day after Italian police confiscated unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where the three were staying in the northeastern town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes' positive tests for banned stimulants.

The trainer is Christopher Xuereb of Canada.

Udine prosecutors believe the three violated Article 9 of the doping laws, which calls for punishment for anyone who administers or consumes banned substances.

Police are still analyzing the substances confiscated.

Jamaican athletes have made Lignano their in-season training base for years.


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