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KINGSTON, September 25 – Usain Bolt's Racers Track Club is considering legal action against the manufacture of Muscle Speed, the supplement that led to three-months doping bans for two of its members.

MARVIN_ANDERSON_Racers president Glen Mills, who is also the coach of triple Olympics and World Championships gold medalist Bolt, says the club has acquired the services of a United States’ law firm to look into the matter.

Legal advice, according to Mills, was sought because the label on the product, at the time of purchase, stated the supplement was World Anti-doping Agency compliant.

"The literature on the supplement, at the time of purchase was Krystal Clear in bold writing that it was WADA and NCA compliance. What has happen since the news came out, the manufacture changed the wording to read differently. And when the results came out removed it entirely from their literature," explained Mills.

"We are in the process of securing the services of a prominent law firm in the states (United States) to process on the matter."

Two members of the club, Marvin Anderson and Yohan Blake, had their samples from June’s Jamaica national championships test positive. Anderson and Blake, along with Lansford Spence and Allodin Fothergill received three months ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal.

Sheri-Ann Brooks, the fifth Jamaican involved, was freed because of a technical error in the testing of her sample.

Mills denied his athletes need the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

"In my 40 years working in track and field, I have neither encouraged or support the use of ban substances to enhance athletics performances. I firmly believe, in the principles of honesty and hard work is the tool for development of ones given talent.

"I am a firm believer in my ability, knowledge and expertise as a coach to develop any talent anywhere in the world in the area of sprinting. I need no illegal help," he said.

Mills said the affected members are shaken-up. Bolt has been doing motivation work with Blake.

"It is clear from the findings of both the disciplinary hearing and appeals process that our athletes made an error of judgment in trusting the manufacture that the supplement was WADA compliance," he added.

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