ROME — Italian police confiscated unidentified substances Monday in a raid on the hotel where Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were staying, after each tested positive for banned stimulants.
Rooms of the athletes and physical trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada were searched and drugs and supplements were seized, Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia told the Associated Press.
Pisapia said it was unclear whether the substances were illegal, and that they were being analyzed.
"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.
Powell, a former world-record holder at 100 meters, and Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month, their agent said Sunday.
The police captain with the specialized NAS unit added that Powell and Simpson were informed of the positive tests Saturday morning.
The raid came in stark contrast to the warm reception the runners generally receive in Lignano, and the town's mayor, Luca Fanotto, recommended "caution" before drawing conclusions.
"The Jamaican team has chosen the sports facilities of Lignano Sabbiadoro as their training base for years and they never forget to thank the city from podiums all over the world," Fanotto said in a statement.
A local meet is scheduled for Tuesday in Lignano, and the Jamaicans had been scheduled to compete as they do most years. But neither Powell or Simpson was on start lists released Monday.
The news of the positive tests for Powell and Simpson came the same day that American 100-meter record holder
Powell was the last man to hold the 100-meter world record before