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Saturday 20, Jul 2013

  Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

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Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has expressed her disappointment at the doping scandal that has gripped top sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.

The 26-year-old Pearson, who won the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 meters hurdles and a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, said it is disappointing that these things happen, but it’s good that WADA or whatever doping agency is keeping on top of the athletes. She added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and comment or have an opinion on it as you can be quite close to these athletes at the same time.

The reigning world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion added that we like to compete cleanly and fairly and also remarked that you’ve just got to keep going and working hard and being really diligent about what goes into your body and who you trust.

World and Olympic triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor, a teammate of Gay’s on the US team, said it is unfortunate for the sport that we even have to discuss it but added that it is good to have these organizations to stay on top of things from a sports standpoint. American high jump star Brigetta Barrett, the Olympic silver medalist in the London Games, remarked that it was always shocking when your heroes have fallen and you don’t expect these people to have positive tests. Barrett urged for a better distribution of finances among athletes to close the gap that causes possible desperation. Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, remarked it never crossed my mind that they were doping and added that you have to make sure you’re responsible for what’s going into your body.

Meanwhile, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle from Jamaica became the latest casualty of doping but remarked that he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. The discus thrower remarked he regretted the “hurt and embarrassment” his failed test caused a country that is still digesting news of positive tests from two high-profile sprinters and another discus thrower. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) notified Smikle of the positive test after his urine sample from the Jamaica National Trials in June returned an adverse analytical finding. Smikle joined former world 100 meters record-holder Asafa Powell, Olympic 4x100m relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson, and fellow discus thrower Allison Randall, as athletes from Jamaica to confirm doping violations from the Jamaican trials.

In a statement, Smikle said he is very saddened and surprised personally by these findings, as he has never attempted to cheat and have always considered himself an ambassador for the sport and a strong supporter of drug testing. The 21-year-old Smikle has requested analysis of his ‘B’ sample said he and was willing to work with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in any investigation to get this matter dealt with in the best way possible.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall acknowledged receipt of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s (JADCO) notification of her adverse finding for a banned diuretic but denied knowingly taking a performance-enhancing substance.

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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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