Fourth Jamaican athlete fails drug test

Fourth Jamaican athlete fails drug test
Smikle said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. Photo: Getty Images
Published: 4:02 AM, July 20, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, July 22, 2013

KINGSTON — Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle, who competed at last year’s London Olympics and this month’s World University Games, has become the fourth Jamaican athlete to reveal a positive doping test.

He joined former world 100 metres record-holder Asafa Powell, the Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson and discus thrower Allison Randall as athletes to confirm doping violations from the Jamaican trials.

Powell and Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, while Randall’s test sample showed up a banned diuretic.

Smikle, 21, said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. He said the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) informed him that his urine sample from the Jamaica national trials in June came back with an adverse analytical finding. He did not identify the substance for which he tested positive.

Smikle has requested an analysis of his “B” sample and said he is willing to work with JADCO in any investigation to deal with the matter in the best way possible.

“As an athlete, I must take responsibility for whatever is found in my body. However, I wish to state that I did not knowingly or wilfully ingest any banned substance,” he said.

“Personally, I am very saddened and surprised by these findings, as I have never attempted to cheat and have always considered myself an ambassador for the sport and a strong supporter of drug testing.”

Smikle, who threw a personal best of 61.85m but did not make the final at last year’s Olympics, said he regretted the “hurt and embarrassment” his failed test caused a country still digesting news of the positive tests for Powell, Simpson and Randall.

Sources close to Jamaican athletics said a fifth athlete, who has yet to be identified, had also tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs at the championships.

Last week, US sprinter Tyson Gay, the joint-second fastest man over 100m, also tested positive for oxilofrine. AGENCIES