St. Kitts sprinter sent home from London Olympics

St. Kitts & Nevis sprinter Tameka Williams has been sent

home from the London Olympics by her team for a potential drug

violation.

Williams had been using a substance which was ”clearly outside

the medical code,” St. Kitts Olympic committee vice president

Dennis Knight told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Knight said Williams had not tested positive, but the team acted

after consulting with the World Anti-Doping Agency ”to find out

about the product.”

”In discussions with our team management, she volunteered to

them that she had been using a particular substance which, when we

did our own investigations, we considered to be outside the

accepted medical code,” Knight said.

Williams told team officials about using the substance – which

the team has not disclosed – in a pre-Olympics training camp.

”It was a matter of the management of the team doing their due

diligence,” Knight said.

The 22-year-old Williams had qualified for the 100 and 200

meters, and gave samples for anti-doping tests at national Olympic

trials last month.

”It was not based on any positive drug test. She turned up a

clean test,” Knight said.

Williams marched at the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday as

the only woman in a seven-member team from the Caribbean islands,

who are all track sprinters. The best known is five-time Olympian

Kim Collins.

Knight said St. Kitts team officials sought expert advice in

London before acting.

”We wanted to consult with the anti-doping fraternity,” he

said. ”We are a very tiny country with limited knowledge of these

things.”