Ja­maicans to hear dope ver­dict soon

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BERLIN: The five Ja­maican ath­letes who tested pos­i­tive dur­ing the na­tional tri­als will learn next week if they are to be pun­ished, the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions said yes­ter­day.

Pierre Weiss said the Ja­maican Anti-Dop­ing Com­mis­sion’s (JADCO) ap­peals com­mit­tee were due to meet on Mon­day and the IAAF were hop­ing for their de­ci­sion con­cern­ing the quin­tet on Tues­day.

“The three mem­bers can only get to­gether on Mon­day to re­view the case, so we are hop­ing for their de­ci­sion on Tues­day,” said Weiss, af­ter emerg­ing from a meet­ing with the Ja­maican Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion.

Sheri-Ann Brooks, Yo­han Blake, Marvin An­der­son, Lans­ford Spence and Al­lodin Fothergill, all mem­bers of re­lay teams, tested pos­i­tive for the stim­u­lant methyl­hex­anamine at the end of June.

How­ever, af­ter they were all cleared JADCO ap­pealed this de­ci­sion and sent the dossier to the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) and to the IAAF.

Brooks was cleared be­cause of “an ir­reg­u­lar­ity in test­ing her B sam­ple” and the oth­ers were also ab­solved be­cause of a dis­agree­ment over the ex­act sta­tus of methyl­hex­anamine.

“We did not have any choice but to clear them be­cause the sub­stance does not ap­pear on the banned prod­ucts list of WADA,” said Kent Gam­mon, pres­i­dent of the dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion of JADCO.

The five ath­letes are still in Ja­maica await­ing their hear­ing. The Ja­maican team, who dom­i­nated the sprints and re­lays in the 2008 Olympics, have been in tur­moil com­ing into the cham­pi­onships. An­other five ath­letes were re­moved from the team for not train­ing at the of­fi­cial team camp but were later re­in­stated. – Sapa-AFP

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