KINGSTON, August 10 – Five Jamaican athletes involved in doping reports at the country’s national championships in June, were cleared on Monday to take their places on the World Championships team.
Apart from Sheri-Ann Brooks, who was cleared last week "based on an irregularity with the testing of her ‘B’ sample," the remaining four athletes, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Lansford Spence and Allodin Fothergill received clearance on Monday as Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Disciplinary panel failed to determine whether the substance in question was on the prohibited list.
"We have no choice to clear the athletes because the drug is not listed as a banned substance by WADA," said Kent Gammon, chairman of JADCO’s disciplinary panel.
All the athletes returned positive tests for the stimulant methylhexanamine.
JADCO will now forward their findings to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which the latter will review Tuesday and Wednesday at their congress in Berlin. The World Championships start in Berlin on Saturday.
The IAAF had confirmed in July they had been informed by Jamaican athletics authorities that the athletes had failed drugs tests.