Thursday, July 25, 2013

Unnamed Jamaican football player tests positive for a banned substance after World Cup qualifier


In the latest doping case involving the Caribbean island's athletes, this time, a Jamaica footballer tested positive for a banned substance after a World Cup qualifying match against Honduras. The player and the substance involved were not identified.

The Jamaica Football Federation said it was notified by FIFA that a "member of the Jamaican squad returned an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample" after the 11 June game. The player and the substance involved were not identified.
"The player has been informed and we await further information from FIFA," the federation said in a statement late on Wednesday. "The JFF has taken this matter very seriously and a thorough investigation has already started by the chairman of the JFF Medical Committee."

According to Jamaican Football governing body, they believe FIFA will handle the case as the player will most likely receive a provisional ban during disciplinary proceedings.

In the previous week, Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were confirmed to have tested positive for oxilofrine, a banned stimulant, among five other cases involving track and field athletes.