Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle has become the fourth Jamaican athlete in four days to admit to having failed a doping test.
Smikle said the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) had informed him that a urine sample taken at the Jamaica National Trials in June revealed banned substances but he insists he has never knowingly taken illegal drugs.
“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 willfully ingest any banned substance,” the 21-year-old 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 represented Jamaica in the Olympics last year though did not reach the final.
He admitted he was “hurt and embarrassment” to fail a test and be the source of a new blow for Jamaican sport, still reeling from the news that high-profile sprinters Asafa Powell Sherone Simpson and fellow discus thrower Allison Randall all failed tests.
- Another Jamaican tests positive (iol.co.za)
- Discus thrower Traves Smikle latest Jamaican athlete to fail drugs test (telegraph.co.uk)
- Smikle fourth Jamaican to admit positive test in four days (ibnlive.in.com)
- Discus thrower Allison Randall one of five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for doping (theglobeandmail.com)
- Jamaican Smikle fails drugs test (oddonion.com)
- Jamaican Smikle fails drugs test (bbc.co.uk)
- Jamaican discus thrower Traves Smikle reveals positive drug test (guardian.co.uk)
- Traves Smikle admits to positive drugs test (sportsmole.co.uk)
- Sprint duo Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter unhappy with drug scandal questions (standard.co.uk)
- Asafa Powell: Trainer refuses to be ‘scapegoat’ over dope test (chronicralph.wordpress.com)