Substance found in athlete is Methylhexanamine

RJR Sports has been reliably informed that methylhexanamine is the substance which was found in the system of all five Jamaican athletes the National Senior Track and Field Championships in late June and not methylxanthine which was initially reported.

Methylhexanamine which can be found in four different forms including geranamine is used as a nasal decongestant and can also be found in dietary supplements and other products such as geranium oil.

In 2007, it was removed from the IAAF's list of banned substances as a stimulant but can be found in derivatives of amphetamines which are banned.  

The five athletes Sherri Ann Brooks, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Lanceford Spence and Allodin Fothergill are expected to face a panel Wednesday to answer to charges of doping violation.                 

However, a highly placed official has told RJR Sports that the athletes could be absolved of an offence based on the nature of the substance.

In the meantime Brooks, Blake, Spence and Fothergill have been included in the IAAF 2009 World Championship squad.

Anderson has been left out due to injury.



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