J'can duo tests positive for banned substance

PAUL A REID Observer writer

Wednesday, October 03, 2012    

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QUARTER-MILER Dominique Blake and national 800m senior champion Ricardo Cunningham have both tested positive for a banned substance and will face the disciplinary committee of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) again on October 17 after an initial meeting in Kingston yesterday.

The 32-year-old Cunningham turned up at the hearing yesterday, while Blake was represented.

It is understood the Jamaican athletes failed the drugs tests at the National Senior Trials in June that doubled as the Olympic Trials. While it is understood that Cunningham tested positive for the substance pseudoephedrine, the substance allegedly found in Blake's sample was not named.

Blake, who finished sixth in the Women's 400m final in 51.83 seconds, was part of the team to the London Games as a relay alternate, but did not compete.

The 25-year-old Blake had criticised her omission from the preliminary rounds of the women's mile relay on August 10, saying on social media that team politics was to be blamed.

Blake represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Turkey in March, where she qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m and also competed at the CAC Games and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Cunningham won the Men's 800m at the Trials, but was not selected to the Olympic team after failing to make the qualifying standards.

The Jamaica Observer understands that Cunningham had declared that he had taken an over-the-counter medication that might have contained pseudoephedrine, a substance found in most cold medicines.





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