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Brazilian coach takes the blame for failed doping tests

THE coach of five Brazilian athletes who failed out of competition doping tests ahead of this month's world championships has taken responsibility for dispensing an illegal substance to the runners.

"I assume the blame for having allowed (the drug to be) administered," coach Jayme Netto of the Rede Atletismo club told Brazilian media after the party returned home from Germany on Wednesday, where they had been training for the competition.

"I'm the culprit not the athletes. Everyone has the right to make an error and I erred," he said.

The Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt) announced that two coaches were under suspension pending a hearing. Netto said the substance was given twice to each athlete through stomach injections.

Elsewhere, sprinter Sheri-Ann Brooks, one of five Jamaican athletes to test positive for a banned stimulant in June, has been cleared for the world championships due to an 'irregularity' in testing for her second sample.

Brooks, who tested positive for the stimulant methylxanthine along with four other world squad members at the Jamaican national championships, was cleared after a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

A source with knowledge of the testing proceedings said local doping officials had breached procedure by authorizing the 'B' sample tests without authorisation from the athletes.


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