Kenneth Edwards, the Jamaican taekwondo Olympian tests positive. Says, “I have every intention of challenging these findings.” A Jamaican Taekwondo athlete, Kenneth Edwards tests positive for a banned substance. The test was carried out by the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO). Edwards had qualified for the London Olympics after defeating the Venezuelan Juan Diaz in the Heavy weight division in the qualifying tournament in Queretaro. Edwards was puzzled by the positive test and intends to clear his name. He said, “I am committed to my work as a professional athlete and I haven´t done anything to jeopardize that position,”. “I am determined to face the results and I have every intention of challenging these findings.” The announcements came after the World Anti Doping Agency(WADA) carried out an audit with the Jamaican Agency due to inconsistent results. Edwards is not the only player from Jamaica to test positive for a banned drug. He is the eighth Jamaican athlete to test positive in 2013 after failing a test for a banned diuretic. WADA has confirmed that it will be visiting Jamaica soon. The dates are still not confirmed, but it maybe by the end of this year or the beginning of 2014. Asafa Powell, former world 100 meters record holder, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown twice 200 meters and London Games 4×100 relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson are among the other offenders. Herb Elliott, the JADCO Chairman declined to comment anything on the visit of WADA officials. He was found to have said, “I will not speak on the matter until after I’ve spoken with (director general) David Howman of WADA” The question continues to be if JADCO carried out any blood sample test for the athletes post the London Olympics and if Yes, how effectively?
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