Coach takes the blame in Brazilian doping saga

RIO DE JANEIRO - The coach of five Brazilian athletes who failed doping tests ahead of this month's world championships has taken responsibility for dispensing an illegal substance to the runners.

RIO DE JANEIRO - The coach of five Brazilian athletes who failed 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."

The Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt) announced that two coaches were under suspension pending a hearing.

Bruno Lins Tenorio, Jorge Celio Sena, Josiane Tito, Luciana Franca, and Lucimara Silvestre tested positive for the banned substance, Recombinant EPO. - Reuters

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