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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Asafa PowellKINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday July 15, 2013
Reports stated that former world record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among the five athletes, who returned the adverse findings following tests conducted at the Jamaica National Track and Field Championships.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has confirmed that five Jamaican athletes have tested positive for banned substances.

JADCO’s Chairman, Dr.  Herb Elliott said that he has received reports of adverse analytical findings from “A” samples for the athletes but declined to disclose further information.

“The process of the result management has commenced in accordance with the JADCO Anti-doping rules” Dr. Elliott told RJR Sports.

“We cannot disclose any further information until the athletes have responded to notification of the ‘A’ sample”, he added.

However, reports stated that former world record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among the five athletes who returned the adverse findings following tests conducted at the Jamaica National Track and Field Championships in Kingston, June 20-23.

It’s another blow to track and field on the island, which also boasts the 100m world record holder Usain Bolt, after seven-time Olympic medallist and reigning World 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown failed a test in May and may serve a six-month ban.

The news came shortly after American 100-metre record holder, Tyson Gay confirmed a positive test for a banned substance and his withdrawal from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow next month.