Sherone Simpson blames trainer Chris Xuereb for positive drugs test

• Sprinter says she researched Epiphany D1 on the Wada site
• Jamaican tells disciplinary hearing: 'I am not a cheat'

Sherone Simpson, the Jamaican sprinter who won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at London 2012, has blamed a contaminated supplement she believed was clean for her positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine.

Speaking on the opening day of a hearing into her case by a disciplinary panel of Jamaica's anti-doping commission (Jadco) in Kingston, Simpson insisted that she had spent several hours researching the supplement Epiphany D1, which she said was given to her by her trainer, Chris Xuereb, before satisfying herself it contained no banned substances.

"I googled the Epiphany D1 on the Wada [World-Anti Doping Agency] banned list and saw nothing on the bottle which appeared on the Wada list. No alarm bell. No red flag," said Simpson, who failed a doping test along with Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder, at Jamaica's national trials last year.

Simpson revealed that she started taking supplements in 2003 and was taking seven before meeting Xuereb in May 2013. Xuereb then recommended another five, she told the panel.

Jadco's attorney Lackston Robinson told Simpson that she was negligent not to have consulted a doctor, Jadco or the Jamaica Athletics Adminstrative Association before taking the supplement. Simpson admitted to not disclosing that she had been taking Epiphany D1 on her doping control form as she could not remember its name but insisted: "I am not a cheat."

Xuereb has denied claims that he gave Simpson and Powell a banned supplement. He said they were taking a supplement that they did not tell him about.

A decision in Simpson's hearing is expected on Wednesday evening. Powell's case is due to be heard next week. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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