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Usain Bolt's coach calls for doping test changes

Bolt's coach calls for changes to doping system. (©GettyImages)
Bolt's coach calls for changes to doping system. (©GettyImages).

Usain Bolt's coach - Glen Mills - who also mentors world 100 metre champion Yohan Blake, believes that Jamaican athletes face a minefield of substances and have a little way of checking their validity. 

"It's definitely time for the nation to step forward and provide with a service that athletes can use to ensure the purity of substances that they have to use for treatment of whatever," Mills said in an interview with RJR 94FM radio in Jamaica.

Mills was speaking following reports that Jamaica's most decorated female sprinter, two-time Olympic 200 metre champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested positive for a banned diuretic at last month's Jamaica International invitational in Kingston. 

Jamaican officials have confirmed an athlete failed a doping test at the meeting but have declined to give a name. 

"It just re-emphasises the need for all involved to be extremely vigilant and the great need for Jamaica to establish an accredited lab so that athletes can have substances tested and verified before usage," Mills said.

"It's a minefield out there," the long-time coach added. "Any substance that you take up could be contaminated."

With samples from doping tests in Jamaica currently processed in other countries, a dozen of the nation's athletes have received sanctions ranging from three months to life for doping violation in the past five years, according to officials.

Dominique Blake, a 400m runner, was the latest to be sanctioned: receiving a six-year ban last Thursday for a second doping violation. 

 

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