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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce threatens Jamaica running boycott

HURT BY CLAIMS: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (PA)

OLYMPIC CHAMPION Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who won 100m gold at the London 2012 Games says Jamaica athletes could pull out of future competitions if they are not properly supported by their national authorities.

The 26-year-old sprinting star said she was “hurt” by claims from a senior Jamaican anti-doping tester who alleged recent outings of some of the island’s runners, including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, as drug cheats were only “the tip of the iceberg”.

The World Anti-Doping Authority (Wada) recently visited Jamaica to inspect its drug testing facilities and measures – the trip came after a former head of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) revealed officials had carried out insufficient out-of-competition drug tests on athletes in the six months prior to the Olympic Games in London.

“It is so important that our federation stands by our athletes”, Fraser-Pryce told BBC Sport in Monaco ahead of the World Athletics Gala.

“If it's down to making sure things are up to scratch, I would [not compete].

“If there are certain things that are not up to standard then it [not running] is something you have to do. We believe we deserve to have good things, not to have our name tarnished at a time when we are doing so well.

“It is so important that our federation stands by our athletes, not says the kind of things they say about our athletes.”

The World 100m champion added: “We need a voice to be able to stand up and say 'you can't say these things without having proof'. We have come so far in athletics in our country but we are still stagnant in other areas.”

Fraser-Pryce has made headlines for failed drug tests before – in 2010, she was banned for six months after oxycodone was detected in her blood, which she claimed came from toothache medication.

She also denied Jamaica has a problem with athletes using banned substances to get an unfair advantage.

“We don't have a doping issue - we are tested wherever we go,” she claimed.

“There is no one in Jamaica saying 'let's dope up to run fast'. That is just not true. Where we have issues is with our young athletes who are getting involved in doping issues because nobody is there to give guidance.”

Fraser-Pryce added that recent drug cheating revelations in Jamaica had not “cast any shadow over” her achievements.

“It can get discouraging at times. Of course it is something I hope will get better. As athletes our job is to train and compete. There is nothing for me to hide.”

The Jamaican track queen has won successive Olympic golds in the 100m, and claimed two silver medals at London 2012 in the 200m and 4x100m relay, while she also boasts five World Championship golds.

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