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Jamaicans cleared, set for Berlin – Report

By Gary Smith (World-Track), TrackAlerts.com

The remaining four athletes, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Lansford Spence and Allodin Fothergill, who had their cases heard on Friday, have been cleared of doping related charges, according to reports.

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TrackAlerts.com reported that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Disciplinary Panel, which is chaired by Kent Gammon and assisted by Bert Cameron and Dr Winston Isles, met last evening and were unable to rule against the four sprinters.

On Friday, the panel spent over eight hours listening to argument from lawyers Dr Lloyd Barnett, Lincoln Eatmon, William Panton, John Leiba and Melrose Reid, who were representing the athletes.

“The panel met and discussed the evidence and could not find anything to charge the four,” said the source.

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The four male, along with Commonwealth Games 100 metres champion Sheri-Ann Brooks, who was cleared on Wednesday, returned Adverse Analytical Findings (AFF) in the samples from the national trials in June.

Meanwhile, Gammon confirmed the reported meeting and said they discussed the evidence, but would not say anything until Sunday.

“We met and we discussed the evidence, but we have not reach a position yet, but by tomorrow (Sunday) final we should reach a decision,” he said.

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The decision will be made official on Monday, along with the name of the drug, according to JADCO.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. walter fitzpatrick

    August 9, 2009 at 11:12 am

    thats very good news as i am really impressed with young yohan blake, i think he could be a dark horse in the 100 metres everybody willbe looking at the superstar bolt and at tyson gay, i think young blake and maybe daniel bailey from antigua could be two runners to watch, richard thompson of trinidad has done nothing this year to follow up his silver medal last year

  2. Oxide

    August 9, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Even if they are “cleared” it still leaves a cloud over all our achievments…both those in the past and those to come.

    I hope they being cleared is not on some oapque technicality and like all fans I await the details.

  3. Arthur

    August 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I don’t see any CLOUD is this issue. The substance for which they tested positive was removed from the IAAF list of banned substances in 2007, because it should not have been there in the first place. It’s something present in a lot of dietary supplements, IS NOT PERFORMANCE ENHANCING, and and has the effect of an inhaler or decongestant. So technically, there’s nothing for which to charge these athletes….bottom line: “theye’re not guilty of any doping violation so, BIG DEAL TO RAHTID!

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