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Asafa Powell parents fully support son

FAILED DRUGS TEST: Asafa Powell (PA)

PARENTS OF Jamaican athlete Asafa Powell have said they are more than certain that their son did not knowingly take a banned substance.

Powell's mother and father have said they are giving their son full support after it emerged he failed a drugs test carried out last month.

The sprinter's mother Cislyn spoke of how upset she was when she heard the news of the positive drugs test.

During an interview at her home in St Catherine, Mrs Powell told The Gleaner: "He tries his best not to hurt us.

"This is like a recitation; I always say to him (Asafa), 'Don't even trust yourself. Don't take anything from anybody. Don't eat from anyone.'

"I really feel it from my heart, but still I put my trust in him that he would not have done that. It must be something that went wrong".

Recently, when Asafa visited his parents on father’s day, his mother said he told her: "'Mama, I wouldn't do anything like that.'"

Asafa’s father William said: "I don't believe that he went and [bought] it and [took] it like that.

"Somebody must be responsible for giving him that, and the person that give him must know that it is a banned substance."

Police in Italy questioned physical trainer Christopher Xuereb who had been providing Powell with supplements that may have contributed to him testing positive for the drug oxilofrine.

It has been reported that Xuereb was also living in the hotel with the athlete.

In a statement, Powell said: "I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system".

Mrs Powell said her son is one of the most tested athletes in track and field and knew he would be tested at regular intervals.

"When Safa come, I will hug him and embrace him," said Mr. Powell when asked what kind of reception his son would receive when he returns to Jamaica.

His wife added: "It's just a big hug and a great embrace and encouragement."

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