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UPDATE: Five Jamaican athletes test positive for banned substances

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Andre Lowe and Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writers

Five Jamaicans have been tested positive for banned substances, with a month to go before the start of the World Championships.

The five – two field event athlete and three runners – returned the adverse findings following the tests conducted at the National Trials that were held from June 20-23 at the National Stadium.

The two sprinters are Olympic gold medallists.

A representative of one of the sprinters declined to comment.

The other sprinter was down to compete in Europe on the weekend but did not face the starter.

Our sources say the sprinters might have ingested the banned substance from a new dietary supplement recently introduced to their training camp.

It is understood that one of the athletes had done extensive research on the supplement before taking it, and is now considering legal action against the supplier.

Dr Herb Elliott, chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said he has not yet received any information on any adverse finding.

This development follows news out of the United States today that American Tyson Gay failed a drug test at an out-of-competition event in May.

Only last month world track and field was rocked by news that Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell Brown had also tested positive for a banned masking agent.

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