Reports – Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson, a member of the 2012 4×100 meter relay team that won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, said Sunday that she tested positive for the stimulant oxliofrine at Jamaica’s national championships back in June.
Oxilophrine has similar properties to ephedrine, although it has a different chemical structure, and both are on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.
Simpson, in a statement to Reuters, spoke about her positive test:
“I was notified on July 14, 2013 that my urine sample taken at the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals returned a positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine). As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever that goes into my body. I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.”
Simpson was not the only high-profile sprinter to test positive for banned substance, Tyson Gay, American sprint champion and one of the biggest rivals to Usain Bolt, announced that he is pulling out of next month’s world championships because he had tested positive for a banned substance. Asafe Powell, another top Jamaican sprinter, tested positive as well.
The 28-year-old Simpson also won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and captured a gold as part of Jamaica’s 4×100 relay team in 2004.
The Jamaican team was hit by another doping scandal last month when Olympic 200 meters gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown was suspended by her national federation after a positive test for a banned diuretic.