torsdag 4 september 2008

Two Jamaican track athletes linked to steroids

Sporting News staff reports

Two members of the 2008 Jamaican Olympic track team received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs, according to aSports Illustrated report.

Documents obtained by Sports Illustrated state that between June 2006 and February 2007, two shipments of HGH and one shipment of estrogen were sent to Delloreen London at a Texas address linked to the athlete Delloreen Ennis-London. The document has a birth date that matches the athlete's, SI reports, though it lists the person's gender as male.

Ennis-London is a Jamaican hurdler who won the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2005 World Championships. She took fifth in the event in Beijing last month.

Both drugs received by Ennis-London are banned for Olympic athletes. The receipts do not prove actual use of the drugs.

The documents that the magazine obtained also show that in November 2006 a shipment of testosterone, testosterone aqueous and Oxandrolone (an oral steroid) were sent to Adrian Findlay, an alternate on the Jamaican Olympic team in the 400-meter hurdles. Sports Illustrated reports the drugs were sent to a North Carolina address that traces to Findlay and the birth date on the document matches the athlete's.

Findlay attended St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C. He was a member of the Jamaican team that placed second in the 4x400 meter relays at the 2008 World Indoor Championships.

Reached Tuesday in North Carolina, Findlay forcefully denied the allegations, the magazine reports. "I've been running stable all my life," he said. "Trust me, I don't use steroids. I guarantee you it wasn't mine and I didn't order it. I have a theory how this was sent."

Ennis-London's husband told Sports Illustrated she ordered the drugs after consulting a physician about hemorrhaging she was experiencing. He said the 2006 shipment arrived but she never opened the package. He said the 2007 package arrived unsolicited and also was never opened.

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