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"Wild allegations" surround Jamaican track stars

CONCERNS: Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell

JAMAICA OLYMPIC Association President Mike Fennell said that he is very concerned about what he describes as “wild allegations” being made that Jamaican athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were not prosecuted for positive tests by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

These allegations were made by German documentary maker Hajo Seppelt, who also said that the Jamaicans, who were not specifically named, had traces of clenbuterol, a banned muscle-building substance, in recent re-tests of eight-year-old urine samples.

“There’s no basis nor foundation for that,” Fennell told Voice sister publication, The Gleaner newspaper.

“No official or other report has been received from either the IOC or WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that any of our athletes have been (tested) positive. The fact that some of these have claimed to be found in traces from the retesting is a matter that is left for much speculation.”

The IOC also responded to the claims made recently, saying that it concluded that there was no pattern of organised cheating after consulting WADA.

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