JADCo confirms Jamaican athletes test positive for banned substance
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCo) has confirmed that five Jamaican athletes have returned adverse analytical findings ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow.
Reports surfaced earlier today that the Jamaican athletes, among them Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, returned the positive doping results from tests conducted at the National Championships held in June.
At the time JADCo said it was yet to hear anything with regard to the findings.
However, subsequent checks confirmed the news.
“The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has received reports of adverse analytical findings from A samples,” said Dr Herb Elliott, Chairman of the JADCo Board in response to queries.
“The process of results management has commenced in accordance with JADCo anti-doping rules.”
He said the anti-doping body would not be able to disclose any further information until the athletes have responded to their notifications.
Information reaching The Gleaner is that two other senior athletes and a junior athlete are among the five.
The news blunted early Jamaican euphoria sparked by the success of the island’s youth athletes at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.
The Jamaica youths have won six gold medals and eight overall to finish atop the medal table of the just-ended championships.
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