Italian police raid Jamaican sprinters' hotel

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By ANDREW DAMPF, Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Italian police have raided the hotel where Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are staying after each tested positive for banned stimulants.

Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia tells The Associated Press that rooms of the athletes and physical trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada were searched and drugs were confiscated.

Pisapia says it is unclear whether the drugs are illegal and that the substances are being analyzed.

Powell and Simpson's agent said Sunday that they both tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month.

Pisapia says no arrests have been made in the raid early Monday morning at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy, and that nobody has been placed under investigation.

Jamaican athletes have trained in Lignano for years.

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