Jamaican athletes are clean, says IOC

The International Olympic Committee has denied that any cover up took place of possible doping violations after claims that positive tests by Jamaican sprinters in 2008 were not investigated.

According to iSportconnect, the International Olympic Committee has denied that any cover up took place of possible doping violations after claims that positive tests by Jamaican sprinters in 2008 were not investigated.

A German documentary at the weekend alleged that a number of Jamaican athletes had traces of clenbuterol, a banned muscle-building substance, in recent re-tests of urine samples from 2008.

While no athletes were named, there were fears that sprint king Usain Bolt, who won three gold medals in world-record times at the Beijing Olympics that year, could be one.

However, the IOC said in a statement on Monday it had concluded there was no pattern of organized cheating, after consulting the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“During the re-analysis of the stored urine samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, the laboratory found in a number of cases of athletes from a number of countries and from a number of different sports, very low levels of clenbuterol,” the IOC said.

“The IOC carefully deliberated whether or not to proceed with these cases.

“In particular, the IOC consulted with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) who was fully involved in the decision-making process.

“All of the values were below 1ng/ml and therefore in the range of potential meat contamination cases.”

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