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Naturally, I am very disappointed that an athlete who was selected for our team to the Beijing Olympics has tested positive for a prohibited substance.
There is a process involved which includes the right of appeal by the athlete and I will reserve further comment until this process has been completed. I am in discussions with both the Jamaica Olympics Association and the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association on the issue.
If there is a positive in all of this, it is that our anti-Doping procedures work, as the athlete in question was tested at the National Trials in June. Indeed all athletes who qualified for participation in the Olympics were subjected to anti-doping tests immediately after the Trials.
I am confident that this isolated case will have no impact on the team which has been selected for the Olympics. I am also assured that the team will perform very well in Beijing.