Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has been informed that his B sample also returned a positive reading, which now cast doubts over his future in track and field.
Mullings, the third fastest sprinter this season, 9.80, behind fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell (9.78) and training partner Tyson Gay (9.79) – was tested positive for an illegal substance at the Jamaica trials in June.
Following his A sample positive return – Mullings told the Jamaica Observer on Thursday night that his B sample from the Doping Control Laboratory in Quebec, Canada, confirmed the same finding of his A sample – an Adverse Analytical Finding.
Mullings, who was removed from the Jamaican World Championships 50-member team to Daegu, South Korea, is expected to give his explanation about the situation at a hearing on August 22, but he doesn’t know what to expect, especially after being banned for two years in 2004 for excessive testosterone.
“What can I do? I’m going to go in front of the panel and say I never took the drug. But I don’t have the proof to say, ‘OK, it was vitamins’,” Mullings said to Reuters.
“I’ve already gone through all my vitamins and there’s nothing in there. They say it was in my urine. That drug has to be prescribed.
“The people around me know I don’t take drugs, but it’s going to look bad on me because of 2004. Now it’s 2011 they said I was on drugs that I don’t even know of.”
Mullings, 28, was expected to join defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt, Powell and Yohan Blake in the 100, as well as linking up with Bolt and others in the 200m.
Instead, his place has been taken by Marvin Anderson in the 200m and Nesta Carter in the 100m.