Thursday, 8 July 2010

Shelly-Ann Fraser tests positive for banned substance

World and Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser tested positive for a banned substance. She has subsequently withdrawn from today's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, because of IAAF positive finding. The news came a day after Fraser informed that she will not be able to compete in this year's Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi.

Fraser, who won the 100m at both the Beijing Olympic Games (2008) and Berlin World Championships (2009), will now fly back to Jamaica for a hearing. The findings came from the use of pain medication she used in May when she was in China after suffering excruciating pain from a dental procedure. Fraser failed to inform IAAF about the medication used under prescription from a Chinese dentist.

Fraser's track & field club, MVP through its President Bruce James, broke the news on Thursday. "We are coming forward with this information, because we have nothing to hide. The positive finding is not a performance enhancing drug or a masking agent and therefore we want to have this matter resolved as fast as possible. We are the ones who are making the immediate decision to come public with this."

"We have withdrawn her from competition", said James of the Jamaican 100m record holder at 10.73secs. She was down to face Camerlita Jeter, Sherone Simpson and Chandra Sturrup in Lausanne. "We want to deal with this in an open and transparent manner."

IAAF confirmed with the staff of MVP that she could compete as the matter is still being investigated but they chose to not go that route and thought it best to withdraw Fraser until the matter was cleared up by a hearing panel in Jamaica.


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