Asafa Powell investigated in Italy

Updated: July 17, 2013, 9:03 AM ET
Associated Press

The trainer for Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson says the Jamaican sprinters are "clearly looking for a scapegoat" by blaming him for their positive doping tests.

Chris Xuereb released a statement on Tuesday night saying he has done nothing wrong since the Jamaicans hired him in May to provide massage therapy and nutritional help.

Powell, the former 100-meter record holder, and Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. Their agent, Paul Doyle, contends something in the new supplements the sprinters were taking caused it and "Chris is the one that provided those."

Says Xuereb: "I am extremely disappointed that these athletes have chosen to blame me for their own violations."

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