Jamaican Athletes Hearing For Today

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CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mon. Aug. 3, 2009: The highly awaited hearings into the positive drug findings of five Jamaican athletes is now set for today.

The hearing was postponed to today, from Saturday. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission`s nine-member disciplinary committee will hear from the athletes who allegedly tested for the banned substance.

They will then forward the findings to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which will decide the athletes` fate. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has not confirmed the name of the banned substance(s) that the athletes allegedly tested positive for or the athletes.

But the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has identified the five as Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Sherry-Ann Brooks, Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence. Reports also indicate that the five athletes returned a positive result for Methylxanthine, a type of bronchodilator commonly used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchodilators work by relaxing the airways, making it easier to breathe.

This could leave the five who reportedly tested positive off the Jamaican team for the World Championships in Germany. Today at 5 p.m. Jamaican time is the deadline for final entries to the World Championships in Berlin.

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