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Asafa Powell looking for a scapegoat, says coach

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Powell tested positive for a banned substance. (©GettyImages)
Powell tested positive for a banned substance. (©GettyImages).

The trainer of Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, who are both protagonists in athletic's biggest drugs scandal in years, has said that the pair must take accountability for their own actions. 

Christopher Xuereb had been coaching both of the Jamaican duo, who tested positive for banned substances in the last week, but insists that he is being made a scapegoat for their misdemeanours. 

In a statement responding to email comments, he said:  "It is time the athletes took responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat, whether that person is their therapist, bartender or anyone else.

"Athletes keep using the same story, which is to blame the scapegoat for their own wrongdoing.”

Xuereb is also currently under investigation from the Italian police after allegations that the trio breached the country's anti-doping laws. 

Police had raided the hotel that they were staying at and seized products found in their rooms.

The Canadian trainer also has vehemently denied providing any illegal or ban substances to the athletes. 

Xuereb had come under criticism from Paul Doyle, Powell's agent, after the scandal broke. 

Doyle said: “Asafa Powell has had about 150 clean drug tests in his career.

“Now Chris joins the group and changes all his supplements and his first drug test tests positive. To me it’s obvious where the problem is — it’s something that Chris had given him.”


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