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Oct 14, 2013

WADA plans special visit to Jamaica

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a special visit to Jamaica next year following concerns over the Caribbean island’s anti-doping programs.

“WADA has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica to visit and inspect JADCO (the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission),” WADA said in a statement to Reuters on Monday.

Oct 14, 2013

Doping-WADA plans special visit to Jamaica

Oct 14 (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a special visit to Jamaica next year following concerns over the Caribbean island’s anti-doping programmes.

“WADA has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica to visit and inspect JADCO (the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission),” WADA said in a statement to Reuters on Monday.

Jul 27, 2013

Sprinter Tyson Gay’s B sample positive, fails another test

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Former world sprint champion Tyson Gay’s ‘B’ sample from an out-of-competition test in May has been confirmed positive for a banned substance, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday, while adding he had returned another positive test.

“We can confirm that the ‘B’ sample analysis of a sample collected from Mr. Gay has been completed and that the ‘B’ sample analysis has confirmed the ‘A’ sample findings,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement to Reuters.

Jul 27, 2013

Sprinter Gay’s B sample positive, fails another test

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Former world sprint champion Tyson Gay’s ‘B’ sample from an out-of-competition test in May has been confirmed positive for a banned substance, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday, while adding he had returned another positive test.

“We can confirm that the ‘B’ sample analysis of a sample collected from Mr. Gay has been completed and that the ‘B’ sample analysis has confirmed the ‘A’ sample findings,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement to Reuters.

Jul 14, 2013

Former record holder Powell tests positive

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Jamaica’s former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell said on Sunday he had tested positive for a banned stimulant at last month’s national championships.

“I will confirm that a sample I gave at the National Trials in June earlier this year has returned “adverse findings”, Powell said in a statement to Reuters.

Jul 14, 2013

Sprinter Gay fails dope test, pulls out of worlds

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Tearful former double sprint world champion Tyson Gay said on Sunday he had tested positive for a substance he could not identify and was pulling out of next month’s world championships in Moscow.

Gay, who had the year’s fastest 100 meters time of 9.75 seconds, told two reporters in a telephone conference call he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Friday that his A sample from an out-of-competition test on May 16 had returned a positive.

Jun 15, 2013

Gay has triple medal haul in mind for worlds

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Former world sprint title holder Tyson Gay has a lofty goal in mind for August’s global championships – three trips to the podium just like six years ago.

Completely fit for the first time since winning gold in the 100 and 200 meters and 4×100 relay at the 2007 worlds, Gay told Reuters he will run both sprints at next week’s U.S. championships, then seek a spot on the relay team for Moscow.

Mar 3, 2013

Gritty Suhr happy to finally reach new heights

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Nearly a half a decade after Jenn Suhr thought she was ready to challenge Russian great Yelena Isinbayeva for women’s pole vault supremacy, the gritty American’s dreams are coming true.

In the high altitude of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, Suhr soared to a height not even Isinbayeva had cleared indoors – a world record 5.02 meters (16 feet, 5 1/2 inches) – to add to her London Olympic triumph over the Russian.

Nov 19, 2012

Four year bans proposed under new WADA Code

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Athletes guilty of serious doping offenses will be suspended for four years from 2015 under proposals being considered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but there are no plans for a specific rule to ban offenders from the Olympics.

Currently, athletes found guilty of a first major doping offense are handed a two-year ban with any subsequent positive test incurring a life-ban.

Nov 19, 2012

Doping-Four year bans proposed under new WADA Code

Nov 18 (Reuters) – Athletes guilty of serious doping offenses will be suspended for four years from 2015 under proposals being considered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but there are no plans for a specific rule to ban offenders from the Olympics.

Currently, athletes found guilty of a first major doping offense are handed a two-year ban with any subsequent positive test incurring a life-ban.