Asafa Powell's physio hits back over doping blame

Asafa Powell and Simpson's agent, Paul Doyle, on Tuesday pointed the finger at the athletes' physio Chris Xuereb, suggesting that contaminated food supplements were to blame.

updated: July 17, 2013 15:33 IST
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Paris: Asafa Powell's physiotherapist on Wednesday hit back at claims from the Jamaican sprinter that he was to blame for a positive dope test, maintaining that he did not provide him or compatriot Sherone Simpson with banned drugs.

Powell and Simpson were among five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs at the country's national trials last month and are currently under investigation in Italy for doping.

The revelations - and a separate positive test for US sprinter Tyson Gay - have cast a shadow over athletics, just a month before from the sport's world championships in Moscow.

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