Olympian from Jamaica tests positive

A Jamaican who competed in taekwondo at the London Olympics said
Tuesday he has tested positive for a banned substance.

Kenneth Edwards said he was notified a month ago about the
diuretic and is awaiting results of a backup sample. A diuretic
reduces body fluids and can mask drug use. He added he has not
competed since July.

“I remain committed to being a professional athlete and would
not do anything to compromise that position,” he said in a
statement. “I have every intention of challenging these
findings.”

Jason McKay, captain of Jamaica’s combined martial arts team,
told The Gleaner newspaper he supports Edwards.

“From what we understand, a diuretic has appeared in his sample,
which we are sure must be a mistake of some sort because, apart
from his unquestionable honesty and integrity, there is no
practical reason for him to be taking a diuretic, or any masking
agent, when not competing,” he said.

The announcement comes as the world’s anti-doping authority
launches a sweeping audit of Jamaica’s drug-testing agency amid
allegations of inconsistent testing. WADA officials expect to visit
the Caribbean island at the end of this year or the beginning of
2014.

Doping investigations also are underway involving other
Jamaicans, including sprint stars Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.
An anti-doping panel also publicly warned Veronica Campbell-Brown
for a violation, but she has been cleared to resume
competition.

Herb Elliott, chairman of Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Commission, did
not return calls. He previously dismissed allegations about testing
lapses between January 2012 to the July opening of the
Olympics.