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UPDATE: Asafa's room was not raided - publicist

Published:Monday | July 15, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Tara Playfair-Scott, the publicist for Jamaican athlete Asafa Powell has rejected international media reports that the sprinter's room was raided by Italian police this morning.

The Associated Press reported this morning that Italian police had raided the hotel where Powell and Sherone Simpson and their Canadian trainer are staying after the two athletes tested positive for banned stimulants.

Playfiar-Scott said the only room that was raided was that of the trainer, Christopher Xuereb, and Powell's team has been working with Italian police on the matter.

Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia had told The Associated Press that drugs and muscle supplements were seized during the raid.

Pisapia said it was unclear if the drugs and muscle supplements were legal or illicit and that the substances were being analysed.

"We are examining the substances now," Pisapia said. "No arrests have been made and nobody has been placed under investigation."

The raid took place at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy.

Simpson is a gold medallist in the 4x100m relay from the 2004 Olympics.

Powell, was a member of Jamaica's Beijing Olympics gold-medal-winning relay team and a former world record holder.

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