Trainer Pushes Back Against Doping Accusations

Denies doping Jamaican Sprinters

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. Both have tested positive for banned substances. (thelefty/Shutterstock)
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The trainer of two top sprinters who recently tested positive for banned stimulants has pushed back against accusations that he doped the athletes, saying that he is being blamed as a scapegoat.

Earlier this week, the agent of Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, blamed their trainer, Christopher Xuereb, saying that he provided over 20 substances to the athletes, one of which likely led to the positive test. It's “pretty obvious to us where we needed to look,” Paul Doyle, the agent representing both athletes, said earlier this week.

In a statement released Tuesday, the trainer denied the accusations. “I did not provide any banned or illegal substances to Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson,”  Xuereb said. “I am extremely disappointed that these athletes have chosen to blame me for their own violations."

According to an email obtained by The New York Times, Zuereb had provided the runners with 20 substances, from vitamin C to Actovegin, a drug used by professional athletes like Lance Armstrong and derived from calves' blood to boost stamina. None of the substances listed are on the prohibited list.

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