- Published on Monday, 15 July 2013 06:18
- Written by Radio Jamaica
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Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have confirmed that they are among the Jamaican athletes who have tested positive for a banned substance. However, both have denied that they knowingly consumed the banned substances.
Below is Powell's statement in full:
I will confirm that a sample I gave at the National Trials in June earlier this year has returned
“adverse findings”. The substance oxilofrine (methylsynephrine) was found, which is considered by the authorities to be a banned stimulant. I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. I am not now—nor have I ever been—a cheat.
My team has launched an internal investigation and we are cooperating with the relevant agencies and law enforcement authorities to discover how the substance got in my system. I assure you that we will find out how this substance passed our rigorous internal checks and balances and design systems to make sure it never happens again.
My attitude towards doping regulations and testing is well-known and I willingly give sampleswhenever requested. This result has left me completely devastated in many respects. Professionally, this finding fully negates any possibility of me being a part of Jamaica’s contingent of athletes competing at World Championships in Moscow later this summer.
Personally, however, this result comes at a greater cost. I write this statement knowing fully that my family, friends, fans and country will be disappointed at this latest development. I am reeling from this genuinely surprising result. I am confident, however, that I will come out stronger and wiser and better prepared to deal with the many twists and turns of being a professional athlete.
I accept the consequences that come with this finding —after all there is only one Asafa Powell.
My fault here however is not cheating but instead not being more vigilant. I want to reiterate that in my entire career as an athlete I have never sought to enhance my performance with any substance. It is not a part of who I am or what I believe in.
I wish to thank all the people who have so far reached out to us to offer support and this experience has reminded me of how blessed and lucky I am to be able to do what I love for a living.
And Sherone Simpson, Jamaican Beijing Olympic 100 metres silver medallist confirmed that she was notified on on Sunday that she returned a doping violation at the country's National Championships last month.
“I was notified on July 14, 2013 that my urine sample taken at the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals returned a positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine),” Simpson’s statement said. “This is a very difficult time for me,” added the Athens Olympics relay gold medallist.
The sprinter, who trains at the MVP rack and field club, said she never knowingly ingested the banned drug.
“As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever that goes into my body. I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.” Simpson's statement continued.
Simpson, who has sprint relay silver medals from the 2005 and 2011 world championships said “My team and I will try to do everything we can to get this issue dealt with as best as we can”.
She also apologised to her to her family and fans. “ I want to sincerely say to my family (especially my parents, grandparents and siblings), Paul Doyle (agent), MVP track club, follow athletes, former sponsors and the rest of Jamaica that l am deeply sorry for any hurt or embarrassment this positive test may have caused.”
Earleir on Sunday Chairman of JADCO Dr. Herd Elliott, confirmed that the agency had been notified of the doping violations.
“Yes JADCO have received reports of adverse analytical findings from “A” samples. The process of the result management has commenced in accordance with the JADCO Anti-doping rules." Dr. Elliott said
“We cannot disclose any further information until the athletes have responded to notification of the “A” sample."
Dr. Elliott did not confirm the number of athletes, nor that two Olympic medallists are among those who returned the adverse findings.
However, impeccable RJR Sports sources say four of the athletes are in the senior ranks, while the fifth is a junior.
Two of those athletes are sprinters while the other three athletes compete in the field events.