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Sports medicine expert says Jamaican athletes paying little attention to doping data

Published:Monday | July 15, 2013 | 7:21 AM

Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer

One of Jamaica's leading sports medicine and anti-doping experts believes local athletes are not paying enough attention to the information disseminated by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

Dr Paul Wright made the comment after it was confirmed yesterday that MVP Track Club stars Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were among five Jamaican athletes tested positive for a banned substance.

Powell, a former 100-metre world record holder, and Simpson have been tested positive for a stimulant called oxilofrine.

The stimulant was found in their samples taken at the National Trials in Kingston last month.

Wright is calling for Jamaican athletes to better educate themselves.

He further says the recent spate of adverse analytical findings among the senior athletes will reflect badly on Jamaica's youth athletes who are now performing well.

The five positive tests came on a day when Jamaica's junior athletes topped the medal table at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Jamaica ended with six gold and two silver for a total haul of eight medals.

The news about the Jamaican athletes came just hours after Tyson Gay, holder of the American 100-metre record announced that he had tested positive for a banned substance.

Gay did not reveal the substance involved but said he learned on Friday from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that a sample from an out-of-competition test on May 16 was positive.

He has pulled out of next month's World Championships.


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