Top Jamaican track coach Glen Mills wants the government to establish an accredited drug testing laboratory on the island.
Such a facility, Mills says, would enable athletes to have substances intended for consumption tested and verified before it is done.
Mills, who coaches global sprint start Usain Bolt and reigning world champion Yohan Blake, says this is critical to Jamaica’s track and field as athletes are bombarded with a variety of substances that could be contaminated.
His comments come in the wake of news that Jamaica’s most decorated female athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested positive for a banned substance at the Jamaica Invitational Meet held at the National Stadium in Kingston last month.
It is reported that Campbell-Brown, who has won a total of 16 medals throughout her career, tested positive for a diuretic substance that can be used to mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs and is is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
But speaking on a local radio programme yesterday, Mills said the incident re-emphasizes the need for all athletes to be extremely vigilant.
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