“None of the world stars are involved,” the official said. ”The drug is not an anabolic steroid and is considered a minor drug, meaning that with a good explanation at a hearing an athlete could get off with a reprimand.”
Nonetheless, the matter was deemed serious enough for Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding to summon officers of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission and the Jamaican Amateur Athletics Association to an emergency meeting yesterday. And news of the positive tests cast something of a shadow over the opening night of the Aviva London Grand Prix at the sold-out Crystal Palace.
On the track the spotlight was on Bolt beating Powell in the men’s 100m, but up in the stands and down at track-side all the talk was of whether the reports were true- which proved to be so- and of exactly which Jamaican sprinters had been caught in the drugs net. Two of the athletes are believed to be from the same training stable as Bolt, the Racers Track Club, run by sprint coach Glen Mills.
“I’m not sure who it is yet,” Bolt said after emerging victorious from the 100m final, “but I’m sure it’s not me so I’m not really worried. If it’s someone from my group I don’t know. I can’t comment.
“It’s sad to know there are still drugs but for me it doesn’t really matter. As long as I’m clean, I’m just going forward. It’s sad for the sport because the sport was getting on so well. I was trying to bring it back. This is probably a step backwards. People will start questioning everybody, especially from Jamaica. For me, it doesn’t matter because I will be going out there, day after day, doing my best. I get tested all the time. It shows that people get tested and they get caught if they are on drugs.
THE ABOVE “NEWSPAPER” CLIPPING IS FROM THE “INDEPENDENT”. Does this diffuse the issue somewhat? However in light of the long history of drug taking that continues to surface in our sport (amongst others) I’m not surprised that we are quick to draw the worst conclusions.