Athletics: B sample blow for Asafa Powell and Jamaican colleagues
Asafa Powell and four Jamaicans who failed drugs tests have each returned adverse analytical findings in B samples.
Last Updated: 06/09/13 8:21pm
Former 100 metres world record holder Powell tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican national trials in June.
Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medallist and a member of Powell's MVP training group, tested positive for the same stimulant.
Discus throwers Allison Randall and Travis Smikle and a junior athlete also tested positive for prohibited substances at the June trials.
All five athletes' B samples were tested at a facility in Canada. The findings will now go before an independent body for further consideration prior to disciplinary hearings.
"[The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission] has received results from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada confirming the Prohibited Substances which were identified in the A Sample analyses for the five athletes who were tested at the National Junior and Senior Championships in June 2013," read a JADCO statement released through the Jamaica Information Service.
"All athletes have been notified and have acknowledged receipt of their Notification Letters of an Adverse Analytical Finding for a B Sample.
"JADCO has therefore referred these findings to the independent Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for their consideration and establishment of the Hearing Panels."