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JADCO: No comment on drug test

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) said it will not comment on report that a Jamaican athlete has been notified that he has failed drug test.

Sources reveal that sprinter Steve Mullings has tested positive for a banned substance.

But executive director of JADCO Patrece Charles-Freeman said it is too early to speak on the issue.

Mullings was expected to represent Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4.

The drug test was administered at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, held from June 23 to 26 at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Mullings had qualified to represent Jamaica in the men’s 100 and 200 metres in Daegu. He finished third in the 100 metres behind Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake and won 200 metres very easily.

The news of the positive test comes just over a week before the Jamaican team departs for a one-week camp in South Korea. The Daegu team is also set to be named next week.

Mullings who is based in the United States is returning an adverse finding for the second time.

This could effectively mean the end of his international career if he is found to be culpable.