Five Jamaican athletes, members of the team for next month’s world championships, have tested positive for a banned substance, a Jamaican anti-doping official said on Friday. “I can confirm that five athletes tested positive for a minor substance, but a further announcement will be made,” an official said. The positive tests were returned during the national athletics championship in Kingston last month.
The source said none of the athletes were ‘stars’ at the Beijing Olympic Games last year. “It’s frightening, but all five tested positive for the same drug, although the five trained almost under different circumstances,” the official said. “The drug itself is not an anabolic steroid and is considered a minor drug. The athlete could get off with a reprimand,” the official said.