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Wednesday 29, Mar 2017

  World Archery Warns Of Potential Anti-Doping Dangers Of Beauty Products And Supplements

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A notice has been issued by World Archery to all of its National Federations regarding the potential anti-doping issues involved with the use of beauty products and supplements.

Two athletes were found to have committed anti-doping rule violations for the presence of Sibutramine, the prohibited substance, in the past year. The substance was ingested either through contaminated nutritional supplements or beauty products. Both archers received doping bans between six and eight months. The sport’s governing body did not disclose information about the identity of the two archers. However, it was disclosed by the disciplinary panels that the athletes took the substance unintentionally.

A statement from World Archery reads that it has issued an anti-doping notice to remind athletes to check the contents of any supplement or product and strongly consider the possible implications of consumption. The statement further reads that prohibited substances may be added deliberately during a product’s manufacturing process or included inadvertently through contamination and also added that the prohibited substance in many cases is not listed on the product’s ingredient label. The statement also reads that athletes are solely responsible for any substance that enters their body and therefore strongly advised to consult a doctor, specialist or their national anti-doping agency before consuming any sort of dietary or beauty supplement.

Any athlete who is competing in a world record status or world ranking competition, according to World Archery rules, may be tested for anti-doping purposes while additional controls at other events could be imposed by National Federations.

Jay Lyon, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist, is presently serving a doping ban of two years following a failed drugs test. The 30-year-old Lyon won the individual silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and claimed he “never intentionally took anything”.

Lyon received a suspension until May 19, 2018 after he tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. The stimulant that is not a controlled substance in North America is said to be present in a number of products that has subsequently resulted in athletes being caught out. Some of the high-profile athletes testing positive for the substance include Jamaica’s Olympic champion sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson. They were both banned for a period of 18 months each before the Court of Arbitration for Sport slashed their suspensions to just six months.

In another development, an agreement was formalized between World Archery and the Archery Trade Association (ATA) in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Under the agreement, both parties initially signed a commitment to join forces before the fourth stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup season in Las Vegas. The ATA represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, and others working in the archery industry.

A World Archery statement reads that formalizing of the agreement is an indication of the two organizations’ shared vision for a world in which everyone has the opportunity to make archery their activity of choice in the communities where they live. World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen remarked the ATA and World Archery have been collaborating on projects for a number of years. Dielen added this MoU formalizes our commitment to continue that relationship, working together for the betterment of archery – and through shared expertise, better approaching the challenges and opportunities we face as a community.

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Sunday 05, Jun 2016

  Jamaican Sprinter Fails 2008 Doping Retest

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Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medalist Nesta Carter has returned an anti-doping violation for Methylhexanamine, a banned stimulant.

The positive test was announced after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games. According to media reports, traces of Methylhexanamine were discovered in the ‘A’ sample of Carter. The sample was part of a batch of 454 from the 2008 Games that was ordered to be retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Jamaican, who won gold in the 4×100 meters relay with Jamaican team mates Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater in Beijing, could face sanctions only if his “B” sample also tests positive for the substance.  Carter’s ‘B’ sample test is due to be reanalyzed in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this month.

Carter had won individual 100m bronze at the 2013 World Championships and has been an important member of the all-conquering Jamaican 4x100m team led by Bolt with a 100m personal best of 9.78sec set in 2010.

Bolt, the fastest man on the earth, could now be stripped of one of his six Olympic titles after Carter was reported as among those to fail a drugs test in the reanalysis of urine and blood samples from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Carter, the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, ran the opening leg eight years ago at the Olympic final when Jamaica stormed to victory in a world-record 37.10sec, which helped Bolt to a clean sweep of sprint titles as the Jamaican star burst onto the global stage at his first Games.

Mike Fennell, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, refused to deny or confirm the news. Carter and his agent declined to make comments. Methylhexanamine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code prohibited list since 2004 and the substance was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance” that covers specified substances as those that are more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation”. Methylhexanamine is commonly used as an ingredient in dietary supplements and was sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983.

The Jamaican Olympic Association has confirmed it has received a notice that an athlete from its 2008 team tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The JOA would not release the name of the athlete, citing confidentiality rules.

IOC recently decided that any doping cases arising from the re-tests will be dealt with directly by them. Usually, such cases are handled by the relevant national federations and national anti-doping agencies. Last week, IOC president Thomas Bach said we want to keep dopers away from the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro and this is why we are acting swiftly now. Bach, while announcing the re-testing of 265 samples from the London Olympics, said he had already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all decisions on behalf of the IOC.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said what we want to do, and are trying to do, is target athletes who have positive results and stop them from competing in Rio.

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Tuesday 15, Apr 2014

  Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Banned

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Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Banned

Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned by a Jamaican disciplinary panel for a period of 18 months. The veteran sprinter was banned for athletics after he tested positive for a banned stimulant, Oxilofrine, last June.

Lennox Gayle, the head of the three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said the decision to ban Powell was unanimous after they examined the “voluminous nature of the evidence.” Gayle said Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault and the disciplinary panel would be issuing a written statement in a month to explain the decision.

The backdated ban on Powell starts from the date of his sample collection on June 21, 2013 during national trials for the world championships and he would be eligible to return to competition on December 20, about a month after he turns 32.

Powell issued a statement through his publicist and said his defense team will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport while describing the ruling as not only unfair, it is patently unjust. Powell said sanctions for a stimulant and this kind of infraction usually range from public warnings to a ban of three months, six months in the most extreme cases. The sprinter had blamed his newly-hired trainer, Canadian physiotherapist Christopher Xuereb, who offered supplements to Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist who also tested positive for the same stimulant at the national trials in June. Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel for 18 months while a two-year ban was imposed on Jamaican Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall for using a prohibited diuretic. Both Powell and Simpson will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

In a statement, Powell said he have never knowingly taken any banned substances, he did all the necessary checks before taking Epiphany D1 and it is his hope that the CAS will prove to be a more open and fair avenue for the review of all the facts in his case.

Powell added he started using the supplements, including one called “Epiphany D1″ that laboratory tests later showed to contain Oxilofrine. The athlete said he and a friend researched about the supplement for up to six hours online and found no prohibited substances. On the other hand, Xuereb said he never gave any performance enhancing to Powell or Simpson and he only bought major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb claimed both athletes were looking for a scapegoat. Xuereb once worked at the Toronto clinic operated by Anthony Galea, a sports physician who pleaded guilty of bringing unapproved and mislabeled drugs into the United States for house calls.

Powell’s coach, Stephen Francis, urged the Jamaican Prime Minister to disband the country’s anti-doping organization and sub-contract the testing procedures to a credible overseas testing agency. Francis remarked they need to sub-contract it to England or Germany or whoever it is who can carry it out properly because obviously we in Jamaica can’t do this thing properly and it is embarrassment after embarrassment after embarrassment.

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Tuesday 21, Jan 2014

  Powell Claims Innocence Before Doping Commission

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Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary panel that he didn’t disclosed to a doping control officer about most of the supplements he was taking as the products were new to him and he could not recall their names.

The 31-year-old sprinter made this comment while testifying before a three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) panel. Powell, who lowered the 100m world record to 9.74 seconds in 2008, and his attorneys, will try to explain why the sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. Powell blamed his newly-hired physiotherapist Canadian Christopher Xuereb who provided them with supplement regimes. Powell’s former teammate Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, also tested positive for the same stimulant at the Jamaican national trials in June.

Powell and Simpson are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the national championships besides Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson. Powell was the last man to hold the individual 100m world record before his record was broken by compatriot Usain Bolt in 2008. Asafa Powell later helped Jamaica in winning the 4x100m relay gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Powell testified that he received nine supplements from Xuereb, including Ephiphany D1, which laboratory tests later found to contain Oxilofrine. Powell remarked he started using Epiphany and other new supplements after he and a friend researched them extensively online and found no prohibited substances. He also said he also had the go-ahead from agent Paul Doyle, who Powell testified had recommended Christopher Xuereb. Agent Doyle has said Powell was referred to Xuereb through other physiotherapists who Doyle’s clients had worked with in the past.

Powell also testified that he quickly became good friends with Xuereb and remarked he trusted Xuereb so much that he invited him to live in his home. Powell said he took four Epiphany D1 capsules at the suggestion of Xuereb and did not tell the doping officer about all the new supplements, only listing three on his declaration form. Powell said he was too excited and couldn’t remember their names while filling the declaration form. Powell was accused by JADCO attorney Lackston Robinson Of being Significantly negligent after hearing the excuse offered by Powell that the thrill of attending the trials caused him to forget many of the supplements’ names.

Meanwhile, Xuereb has claimed that he didn’t provided any performance enhancing drugs to Powell and Simpson and only purchased major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb said both athletes are clearly looking for a scapegoat and aid Powell was taking a supplement that he did not tell him about.

In another development, Sherone Simpson, the Jamaican sprinter who won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at London 2012, has put the blame on a contaminated supplement she believed was clean for her positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine. Simpson, speaking on the opening day of a hearing into her case by a disciplinary panel of Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) in Kingston, said she had spent several hours researching the supplement Epiphany D1, which she said was given to her by her trainer, Chris Xuereb.

The hearing of Powell’s case was adjourned until February 12.

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Friday 03, Jan 2014

  Powell Doping Case Needs To Speed Up

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Sir Craig Reedie, the new president of World Anti-Doping Association, has urged the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission for a speedy resolution in the case of Asafa Powell, the former 100 meters world-record holder.

In June last year, Powell tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine at the Jamaican national trials but it is not expected to face a disciplinary hearing before this month. Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Powell’s training group, also tested positive for the same drug.

Powell, the Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters, held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. The 30-year-old Powell insisted he had done nothing wrong and remarked he had never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. He added the positive doping test has left him completely devastated and he is reeling from this genuinely surprising result. Powell also remarked his fault is not cheating but instead not being more vigilant and said he wanted to reiterate that in his entire career as an athlete he had never sought to enhance his performance with any substance, and said it is not a part of who he is or what he believes in.

Reedie remarked Jamaica has taken too long for dealing with the Asafa Powell doping case. Reedie, who is also an International Olympic Committee Vice-President, took over as WADA President on January 1, 2014 and said there are a few cases ongoing in Jamaica, one of them a very high-profile one, and one of the issues is that it is taking too long to come to a conclusion. Reedie added he has been under a cloud and if he has broken the rules then sport wants the case finalized, if he hasn’t then he wants the cloud lifted.

A few weeks back, Reedie met new JADCO chief executive Carey Brown in Montreal and said he believes Jamaica is improving its testing regime after disclosures that only one out-of-competition test was conducted in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The WADA President added the World Anti-Doping Agency has been asked to go to Jamaica and help them with their structure and the sports minister has announced extra money for testing so one hopes they have got the message. He went on to add that the island country relied heavily in the past on the International Association of Athletics Federations, especially for out-of-competition tests. Sir Craig Reedie also believes that the clouds of suspicion should not be directed at current 100m world record-holder Usain Bolt or any Jamaican sprinter just because others have tested positive.

The WADA chief added people have to understand that Jamaica is not a test-free zone but they probably have relied too often on the IAAF’s (International Athletics Federation) efforts and added he knows from the IAAF figures that he [Bolt] has been tested very regularly throughout 2013 and before. Reedie also said all of the top Jamaican athletes have been tested regularly by the international federation.

In 2013, high jumper Demar Robinson, discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle were under investigation for failed tests but none of them have received a disciplinary hearing or the final verdict.

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Tuesday 12, Nov 2013

  Athletes Accused Me Of Doping, Says Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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Jamaican track and field sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has remarked that the majority of comments by athletes toward her after she won three gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships were negative. The sprinters said some athletes believe she made use of performance enhancing drugs this season.

Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when she at the age of 21 years old became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. She then went on to defend her 100m title and became the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics. Like countryman Usain Bolt, Fraser-Pryce swept 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay gold medals at the recent World Championships in Moscow. The colorful Fraser-Pryce with half her long hair dyed pink beat three-time champion Felix in the 200m final. She won the 100 in 10.71 seconds to beat the second-place finisher by .22 of a second and won the 200 in 22.17 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by .15 of a second.

Fraser-Pryce added she has not done anything that nobody else has ever done before, apart from winning three gold medals, but it was just hard work and the times were not ridiculous; it was just very good execution.

In 2011, the Jamaican sprinter served a suspension of six months for testing positive for Oxycodone though she claimed it was because of a medication she took for a toothache. A banned narcotic, Oxycodone is not considered a performance enhancing drug or a masking agent.

In the 2009 IAAF World Championships, she won the 100m gold medal to become only the second female sprinter after Gail Devers to hold both World and Olympic 100 m titles simultaneously. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m in a single world championship in 2013. Fraser-Pryce s ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 m female sprinters of all time, with a personal best of 10.70 seconds.

The sprinter, who trained with Asafa Powell, took the 100 m Jamaican title in the 2009 Berlin World Championships and won with a world-leading time of 10.88 s. At the same championship, she ran the second leg on the Jamaican 4x 100 m relay team while competing against Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas, Anne Mollinger of Germany, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago to help the Jamaican team eventually claimed the gold medal. In 2010, Fraser-Pryce won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year and then she won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year for the second time for her outstanding accomplishments in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The fastest women on earth, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, competed with Jessica Ennis of Britain for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award where she lost the award. On 22 February 2010, the sprinter from Jamaica was named as the first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica.

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Saturday 19, Oct 2013

  Jamaica Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test, Claims ex-JADCO Chief

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Jamaica Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test, Claims ex-JADCO Chief

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has never conducted a blood test, according to Renee Anne Shirley, the former head of JADCO. She also remarked the anti-doping body is so short-staffed that it risks botching the prosecution of country’s sport drug cheats.

The claims of JADCO’s executive director from July 2012 until February this year have already sparked an outcry and the World Anti-Doping Agency has initiated an investigation into the anti-doping program of Jamaica. This was after Shirley claimed that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission carried out just one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to the London 2012 Olympics. She also claimed that blood-testing kits that were delivered during her tenure at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission have never been used.

Renee Anne Shirley remarked that athletes of the country were subjected only to urine tests by JADCO despite the fact that blood testing is the only way for detecting the presence of human growth hormone (HGH). Her comments have infuriated many who have accused her of tarnishing the international reputation of Jamaica with her accusations made public.

Shirley said we have a number of doping positives which are going to need to be managed because JADCO has to manage the results process and put the cases together to go to the hearings. She added her concern is that the staff is not in place to do this job and nobody is addressing this issue and this process must be managed and cases have to be put together with witness statements. The ex-JADCO head said we can’t afford for people in Jamaica to get off on a technicality because there was some breach in the processing of the paperwork. She went on to add that the Asafa Powell situation is also compounded by the criminal investigation that was going on in Italy and the details of the case are going to have to come forward and it’s going to have to be rigorously handled. She added JADCO on the legal side is going to have to present a case – what was found, all the details – and it needs to stand scrutiny in the eyes of the world because everybody’s going to be watching.

In response to Shirley’s serious allegations, WADA said it will visit the island country in January for carrying out an “extraordinary” audit of the activities of JADCO. Herb Elliot, the JADCO chairman, doubted the authenticity and accuracy of her claims and described Shirley as “demented” and “a Judas”.

In the last few months, Jamaican athletes have come under close scrutiny and many have been suspended for using banned substances. Last month, Jamaican international footballer Jermaine Hue was banned for nine months after he tested positive for a steroid while star track and field athletes Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for stimulants. Three-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was among six track and field athletes who failed anti-doping tests. Olympic taekwondo player Kenneth Edwards became the eighth Jamaican athlete a few days back to test positive this year when he failed a drug test for a banned diuretic.

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Wednesday 25, Sep 2013

  Suspension Of Jamaica Would Be Sad, Says Usain Bolt

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Suspension Of Jamaica Would Be Sad, Says Usain Bolt

Jamaican star sprinter Usain Bolt has admitted that it would be nothing short of a disaster if Jamaica is banned from competing at the Rio Olympics due to the doping scandal that has rocked the country. This year, five athletes from the country including Asafa Powell tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs.

Recently, Jamaican authorities were warned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after a former senior official within the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission revealed that drug testing in Jamaica is lax. WADA remarked the country may face expulsion from major competitions like the Olympics if such issues are not addressed effectively and quickly. If WADA takes the decision to ban Jamaica for the Rio Olympics, Bolt would be denied a chance of creating history by winning three straight Olympic golds over 100 meters.

Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever, is the first man to hold both the world records in 100 and 200 meters, since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. After WADA’s statement, Bolt remarked it would be really sad for him and the sport.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has stepped in to dilute concerns about Jamaica getting out due to possible WADA ban. The Jamaican PM wrote to WADA that testing would remain a priority. Bolt immediately applauded the letter to WADA and said he fully welcomes anything that helps Jamaica to prove to the world that we are clean and that we are the best. Bolt went on to add that the Jamaica’s Prime Minister has remarked she is going to implement these things to make the sport better so it’s a joy for me. The ace sprinter also remarked that Jamaicans are really pushing the limits and really run fast and he thinks some of the times when there are drug problems a lot of people didn’t do it on purpose but as an athlete you have to be aware and you have to take responsibility for these situations. The sprinter also said there are a lot of cases going on now and we will see what comes out of them, we will see if it was done on purpose or not.

Bolt also remarked that he would probably only run the 200m if he decides to compete at next year’s Commonwealth Games. He added that he would discuss Glasgow participation with his coach Glen Mills and remarked he never goes against his coach. Usain Bolt also remarked that he aims to complete the ‘treble treble’ by winning all three disciplines at the 2016 Games in Rio to have his name in stone with many other athletes and greats like Michael Jordon and Mohammed Ali in different sports.

Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion. He has been conferred with many awards, including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year (three times).

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Friday 19, Jul 2013

  News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

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News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

On Thursday, Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica walked out of a news conference after they were asked about the environment in their teams after the recent failed doping tests for Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. The sprinters had requested not to be quizzed about doping but abruptly get up and left after they were asked about doping.

Powell, the former 100-meter record holder, and Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters in the U.S. trials last month, were notified of a positive doping test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier this month. Tyson Gay may face a ban of two years if his ‘B’ sample also proves positive.

Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. In May, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic.

However, Australian hurdler Sally Pearson, American high jumper Brigetta Barrett, and sprinter Justin Gatlin didn’t follow Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and didn’t shy away from discussing the issue of doping.

Gatlin, a former Olympic and world champion who was suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance in 2006, remarked you have to make sure that you’re responsible for what’s going into your body and who’s around you. He added that is one thing that he has learnt when everything happened with him and said you got to move forward.

Barrett, who won the U.S. trials with a personal best of 2.04, said he had not expected the doping test announcements and said you are always shocked by the news when your ‘heroes’ have fallen and it does feel like a shock because he didn’t expect those people to have a positive test. Barrett added that his heart and prayers go out to Gay and anybody else having to deal with the consequences of a positive test result and went on to remark that he can only pray that they could deal with it with grace and that other people can treat them accordingly.

Pearson highlighted the work of anti-doping authorities around the world while saying doping has returned to plague the image of the sport. He said it is disappointing that these things happen but at the same time, she guesses it’s good that whatever doping agency is doing it is keeping on top of the athletes. Pearson added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and it’s a shame that you have to comment on it and have a feeling and an opinion about what’s happened, because it’s hard as we know these athletes personally as well and it can be difficult.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle became the fourth Jamaican athlete in four days to have a positive doping test. Smikle said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance and said in a statement that he as an athlete takes responsibility for whatever is found in his body but he would like to say that he did not knowingly or willfully ingest any banned substance.

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Thursday 18, Jul 2013

  Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

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Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the world’s fastest men, have failed drug tests. The doping test failures have once again highlighted the growing influence of performance enhancing drugs among professional athletes.

The two athletes tested positive for a banned substance at an out-of-competition test on 16 May 2013. The 30-year-old Tyson Gay is the second fastest man of all time and has already backed off the USA’s World Championships team and Diamond League meeting in Monaco. Powell, on the other hand, has clocked 9.88s in 100m and is one of the five Jamaican athletes – two in field events and three sprinters – who returned adverse findings following the tests conducted at their National Trials, staged in Kingston from June 20th-23rd. Powell tested positive for banned drug Oxilofrine that is a stimulant used for improving ability of the body to burn fat and get more lean muscle and less fat and for increasing speed.

The one-time poster boy for clean athletics, Gay once signed up to Project Believe, a US Anti-Doping Agency initiative paving the way for extra drug testing. Gay remarked his career and name have always been better than medals or records or anything like that. He added that he has always wanted a clean name with anything and unfortunately he has to break this news, that he has a positive A sample. Tyson Gay further remarked that he doesn’t have a sabotage story and he doesn’t have any lies. He added that he does not have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games and added that he doesn’t have any of those stories and added that he basically put his trust in someone and was let down.

Meanwhile, the trainer of Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell, Chris Xuereb, has refuted claims by Powell’s agent Paul Doyle after Powell and three-times Olympic medalist Sherone Simpson both tested positive for the same banned stimulant Oxilofrine. In a statement, Xuereb remarked it is time that the athletes took responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat. He further added that he is disappointed that that these athletes have chosen to blame him for their own violations. Xuereb also said he did recommend some vitamins and all were purchased over the counter at reputable nutritional stores and are major brands and the athletes didn’t inform him of taking any other additional supplementation.

The 28-year-old Simpson, who finished equal second in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games and won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens 4×100 meters relay, also denied knowingly taking a banned substance. Gay, the 2007 world 100 and 200 champion, remarked he couldn’t reveal the substance or how the positive occurred.

In a statement, Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said it is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete and added that he looked to the United States Anti-Doping Agency to handle the case appropriately. Four-time Olympic medalist and sprint analyst Ato Boldon said Asafa and Tyson are certainly two people who a lot of track fans have loved and admired for a long time and they failed drug tests unfortunately.

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