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Grange closely monitoring doping result of Jamaican athlete

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 8:01 PM
Sport Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange in conversation Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen (right) at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships 2016 Media Launch. Looking on (from left) President, Supreme ventures Limited, Brian George and Vice President, Marketing, Flow, Carlo Redwood.

Sport Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says she will be closely monitoring the case in which a Jamaican athlete has returned an adverse analytical result from the retesting programme of samples from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Grange did not name the athlete, but The Gleaner has reported that the 'A' sample of sprinter Nesta Carter was tested positive for a banned stimulant.

READ: 'A' sample of Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter tests positive

IN PHOTO: Nesta Carter 

"This is not a matter in which we can afford to be cavalier with the rules and the procedures, it is in everyone’s best interests that due process evolves as it should," Grange said while noting that this is not a matter in which the Government or its agencies has any direct involvement.

She was speaking at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships 2016 Media Launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.

Grange also charged athletes to compete well and always give of their best.

"We know that your profession is one that takes a great physical and mental toll on your bodies. You have to resolve in your minds not to let anyone sway you from your dreams and goals.  Do not let them get into your heads," she advised.