Five Jamaicans in dope net


"I can confirm that five athletes tested positive for a minor substance, but a further announcement will be made," an official said on condition of anonymity.

The positive tests were returned during the national athletics championship in Kingston last month, the official said.

The source said none of the athletes were 'stars' at the Beijing Olympic Games last year.
However, the official said that two of the athletes are members of the newly formed Racers Track Club of which double Olympic champion and triple world record sprinter Usain Bolt is a member.

Bolt's coach Glen Mills also works at the club.

"It's frightening, but all five tested positive for the same drug, although the five trained almost under different circumstances," the official said.

"I can tell you that none of the world stars are involved. The drug itself is not an anabolic steroid and is considered a minor drug, meaning that with a good explanation at a hearing, the athlete could get off with a reprimand," the official said.

The five athletes were originally selected in Jamaica's squad for next month's World Championships in Berlin.

A total of 47 samples were collected from athletes by representatives of the Jamaica Anti-doping Agency.

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