Discus thrower Allison Randall admits notification from JADCO on adverse finding

By Kayon Raynor

Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall has become the third athlete to acknowledge receipt of JADCO’s notification of her adverse finding for a banned diuretic returned at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in June.

According to highly placed RJR Sports sources, the CAC gold medallist who won the national discus title with 58.97 metres, returned the doping violation for the banned drug hydrochlorothiazide on June 21.

The diuretic hydrochlorothiazide acts by inhibiting the kidneys' ability to retain water, reducing the volume of the blood, decreasing blood return to the heart and thus cardiac output and, by other mechanisms, is believed to lower peripheral vascular resistance.

It unclear whether Randall, Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson, who confirmed that they returned a test for the stimulant Oxilofrine (methylsynephrine),  has requested that their “B” sample be tested.

In the meantime RJR Sports sources in Italy have dismissed reports that the physical trainer Canadian Chris Xuereb, who provided Powell and Simpson with the stimulant was arrested by Italian police, noting he was just questioned and released.

The fourth senior athlete, Olympic Discus Thrower Travis Smikle, who won Jamaica throwing medal at a global championship (bronze World Youth in 2009), is yet to acknowledge receipt of his notification of the doping violation. According to RJR Sports  sources, Smikle, who returns from the World University Games in Russia Monday, also used the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide.

National junior representative Demar Robinson of Calabar High School, is the fifth athlete, who contravened the doping violation.  According to RJR sources the youngster returned an adverse find for an anabolic like substance called Androgen receptor modulator (SARM). It is the same substance for which 2008 Olympic mile relay bronze medallist Bobby-Gaye Wilkins received a two-year suspension.

It is believed that the anti-doping authority will be going after the person who provided the Robinson with the anabolic like substance.

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