KINGSTON (Sporting Alert) — A physical trainer, who had been living and working with Asafa Powell, has been detained by police in Italy, the Jamaica Gleaner is reporting on Sunday.
The former 100m world record holder, on Sunday was greeted with the news that he failed a drug test at the Jamaica Championships last month, after his A sample showed a positive test for Methylsynephrine
It is understood that the trainer in question, whose name was not released, was supposedly providing Powell with supplements that may have contributed to the Jamaican returning the recent positive drug test.
The report claims that the trainer has been apprehended and apparently had evidence removed from his home.
It is also believed that Powell, the bronze medal winner from the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany in 2009, has also handed in the supplements given to him by the trainer.
His fellow club and Jamaican colleague, Sherone Simpson, who also tested positive for the same drug, apparently had also been taking the same supplements.
Powell took the social media to give a statement and he remains rocket solid about not being a cheat.
Meanwhile, a statement from the USADA on the matter of Tyson Gay’s positive test and his willingness to admit to it read: “USADA appreciates his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated.
“The B sample will be processed shortly, and as in all cases all athletes are innocent unless or until proven otherwise through the established legal process, and any attempt to sensationalise or speculate is a disservice to due process, fair play, and to those who love clean sport.”