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Jamaican sprinters face dope scrutiny

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Jamaica’s sprinters have been accused of having small traces of banned substance clenbuterol present in samples given at the 2008 Olympic Games.

This file photo taken on August 22, 2008 shows Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (L) and Usain Bolt celebrating after winning the men’s 4×100m relay final at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO

ARD, the German broadcaster which lifted the lid on the Russian doping scandal, said traces of the banned substance were found in “several samples from the 2008 Jamaican Olympics team”, including their sprinting team.

It said that both the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency were aware of the findings.

“Several sources have now verified that the IOC was aware of the explosive findings from the Jamaicans but declined to pursue them further and instead have stopped the investigations,” ARD said in its report.

Meanwhile, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said: “I am aware of the fact that [in some] cases from Jamaica, some very low levels of clenbuterol were found.”

The IOC told ARD the findings had not been disclosed because the traces were so small.

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