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SBD Global/June 18, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Usain Bolt's Coach Glen Mills Calls For Anti-Doping Lab In Jamaica

Usain Bolt's coach Glen Mills said that the Jamaican government "needs to establish an accredited anti-doping laboratory to protect its world-class athletes from taking contaminated substances," according to Kayon Raynor of REUTERS. Mills, who mentors Bolt and world 100m champion Yohan Blake, said that Jamaican athletes "faced a minefield of substances and had little way of checking their validity." He said, "It's definitely a 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 or whatever" (REUTERS, 6/17).

SHOCK REACTION: The JAMAICA OBSERVER reported the Jamaican Diaspora "reacted with shock to the positive drug test of Olympic champion Veronica Campbell Brown, but gave her support with the hope her name would be cleared." Former U.S. North East Diaspora Board member Patrick Beckford  said, "I think that we are sensationalizing the whole issue. We should wait until all the facts come out. I don't think that she or the management are stupid; and from what I have read that masking agent can be used for a lot of things" (JAMAICA OBSERVER, 6/17).
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