Fourth Jamaican athlete in four days admits dope test failure

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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.

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Posted on July 19, 2013, in Athletics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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