Italian police raid hotel where Jamaican sprinters were staying

After reports that Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson had tested positive for banned substances, Italian police raided the hotel where the two were staying.

Sky Sports reported that Powell and Simpson were just two of five Jamaican athletes who, in testing last month’s national championships, tested positive for a banned substance.

According to police captain Antonio Pisapia, the two sprinters’ rooms, and the room of their Canadian trainer Christopher Xuereb, were raided and  drugs were confiscated. However, it is still unknown what the confiscated drugs were and if they were illegal or not. No arrests have been made yet, according to the L.A. Times.

Very recently, American sprinter Tyson Gay also tested positive for a banned substance, however, it was during out-of competition testing, which Gay admitted was true, according to the New York Times.

“I don’t have any lies,” Gay told The Associated Press on Sunday. “I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake.”

“I will take whatever punishment I get like a man. I do realize and respect what I put in my body, and it is my responsibility.”

Adidas suspended it’s endorsement relationship with Gay, and released a statement:

“Adidas and Tyson Gay have been partners since 2005 and during this time he has been a great ambassador for the sport of track and field and our brand. We are shocked by these recent allegations, and even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended.

“Adidas has a clear policy on doping and drug use – each of the agreements with our athletes include a clear clause which states that the agreement shall be terminated by adidas if the athlete is found guilty of the possession or use of drugs or any other prohibited substance by the relevant governing sports body having jurisdiction over the athlete.”

The 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18.

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