Jamaicans to hear dope verdict soon
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