KINGSTON – (Sporting Action) — A Jamaican media outlet on Friday reported that the five national sprinters who failed drug tests at the trials last month could escape with only public warnings.
According to local radio station Radio Jamaica, "the illegal substance might be a "B" classified drug which could mean only a public warning instead of a ban for the suspected athletes."
Dr. Herb Elliott, a member of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) confirmed that the takings were nothing major.
"I can assure you it wasn’t any major stuff," Elliott said. "Some of the athletes have been informed," he said, adding that all would have to be informed before any names can be disclosed – although an Italian newspaper already published five names
He also said: "It’s a finding showing that there is something. It is for us now to find out (what) and also analyse it."
The names of the athletes involved are yet to be released by the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), although it is understood that four were male and one was female.
Reports said, two were members of the men’s 4×100 relay team, two in the men’s 4×400 relay and the woman was a 4×100 relay runner.
The news of the tests – confirmed by Dr. Herb Elliott, a member of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) and the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, left many saddened, but none more daunted than the world record holder Usain Bolt, who believes the positive testing is a backward step for athletics.
"It’s sad for the sport because the sport was getting on so well. This is probably a step backwards because people start questioning everybody, especially from Jamaica."
Remember what I said 2 weeks ago, but some people came down on me. This positive test is old news to many track and field fans. These people failed the test long time ago but it was kept secert for a long time so that who ever is behind this will go back and fix the flaw.To many people are getting paid so they don’t want to lose the millions of dollars involed. We will never know the real name or the real substance they tested positive for? Now they will get innocent athletes on the Jamaca team to take the fall for the real cheaters! Do this for your country man! Say what you want to but I told you so! The deal was made long time ago.
Mike stop spreading propaganda; you haven’t clue. I am sure you would love it if it were one of the star athletes; sorry they are clean. You will find out the names soon enough; even then it isn’t for steroids. The youngsters simply have to be extra vigilant about who they accept anything from and what they put in their bodies. Additionally , JAAA and the coaches must educate these athletes on the list of banned substances including stimulants that might be in a GNC supplement!!!!!
hey guy’s have got the five (5) jamaican names that test positive
hey guy’s have got the five (5) jamaican names that test positive
We will seee what the WADA says.
Response to Mike: Hey Mike you wish that a Jamaican would fail a drug test. here is a bit of Knowlege for you. Usain Bolt has been dominating his peers worldwide sinse the age of 15 when he first won the world juniors. He also became the yuongest and only human bieng to run a sub-20 second time in the 200m dash. accomplishing this feat at the tender age of get this, 17 years old. most of the olympic finalist ranging in age from 24 to 32, from year to year, don’t even come anywhere near that and they are professionals and world class professionals at that. this man was in a class of his own since the age of 15. so to me it’s obvious that all he has done is take his god given talent and improve on it. The same cannot be said of Tyson Gay or anyone else. through my eyes Tyson gay is the one that has experienced a rapid rise to stardom. he was never dominating on the world stage as a junior. As a junior, Tyson Gay was good in America but nonexhistent on the world stage. How many world junior champs titles has he won? none. it’s all about how people choose to look at things. Bolt is the best known case of an exceptional Jamaican athlete. but he is by no means the only case. Yohan Blake has the fastest time ever recorded by a high schooler over the 100m dash (10.21)and the fastest ever time by any human being under the age of 20(9.93) these feats he accomplished at the ages of 17 and 19 respectively. Veronica campbell and merlene ottey (the most decorated international performer of all time in athletics) also dominated the world at the Junior level but people are not asking. why are jamaica’s 15 -18 year olds doing so much better on the world stage than any other country. the answer is simple they are better at all levels so why not at the pro level, like lebron james, michael jorden, did anyone expect that they would be great junoir athletes and not carry that over to the senior level. People just educate yourselves on whats really goin on before you stick your foot in your mouths. whats going on is a lot of jelousy and haterism and it’s wrong. cleaning up the Steroid takers in sports will definately work to jamaica’s advantage because they are already the cleanest athletes in sports. people like to be suspiscious of them because they can’t do what the Jamaicans do without taking drugs. Everytime Jamaicans run faster than everyone else people try to say that they must be on something. Their are no athletes trained in Jamaica tghat has ever tested positive for steroids in the history of track and field. Steve Mullings and Merlene ottey were alleged to have tested Positive but served no suspensions because the false positive tests were rechecked and found to be errors due to in the way that their samples were collected and tested. so please people, know your facts. another important note. Simion williamson the Brittish #1 Athlete was recently called Lazy and underacheiving by Asafa Powell by and the Brittish tabloids were quick to make a stink of the fact that Asafa called Brittish athletes lazy. what would you call it if this man shows up at your camp and he’s supposed to be the top athlete in his country, he wants to workout with your club but every drill that you put him through,. he collapses to the ground and claims that he’s dying. he’s either Lazy or not worthy to be a world elite. take your pick. Jamaican Athletes are simply of a different pedigree. For an idea of how Dominating Jamaica’s juniors are on the world stage Check out their results from the Penn Relays over the last few years, or the Carifta games over the last few years or boys and girls champs in jamaica. there you will see performances in athletics that is clearly unmatched anywhere else in the world. many of these results and races are posted on youtube among other places on the world wide web.
I love my country just like you love your! Im just having fun. I hope for the sake of the sport that all your sprinters are clean. Track and field has taken a beating since 2004 and now it will have 2 more black eyes to deal with. If it’s Jamaca time to be number 1 then it’s Jamaca’s time. After 2004, things have gotten real tuff over here. Reguardlees, If you fail the A&B sample, it a 2-4 year band. They are not warning anyone. No one can stay number 1 for ever, every country has there time. As I said before Im just having fun. It’s just my opinion, no facts.
One other thing Mike. the drug tests were not even done in Jamaica. they were done in canada. the samples are collected in Jamaica and immediately sent off to be tested in Canada so know your facts. Jamaican official weren’t keepin anything a secret. unlike the americans and east germans of the 70’s and 80’s that had big pharmaceutical companies and even Government backing them in their Steroid regimes. 95% of all elite MLB baseball players hav either admitted to taking steroids or have pleaded the 5th. amendment, for those who know what that is (the right to remain silint in order to avoid incriminating ones self) America is by far the single biggest doping offenders in the modern world but they still try to suggest that jamaicans are cheater. I would love to see all cheaters get caught and put of of their sports for good. wether they be Americans Jamaicans or Marsians. I hate cheating. that siad i’m certain that as the sport continues to cleanup itself it will only be to the benefit of Jamaicans cause they are already clean.
As I said before I’m having fun. Over here in america we didn’t get all the information like you do in your country. The news did’nt tell us the name of the athletes or the date
they failed the test or who conducted the test or what country the test was conducted in. It’s good to see a new face on the block for a while. I learned of the Jamacan athletes failing the test by going into this web page. Everyone is always trying to find an edge and believe me, they will find it. Right now as we are chatting, someone is working in the lab, trying to come up with something that can’t be detected in the body know matter how long you keep the simples. When the 2004 Bal-co bust went down, they had something call clear. Believe me, its still being worked on.