The headline alone is enough to mislead you but the reality is it’s not as bad as it seems. Yes, it is true that Jamaica’s Olympic and world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser is making the wrong kind of running this morning. She has tested positive for the substance oxycodone which while not a perfmance enhancing drug is nevertheless on the prohibited drugs list.
Shelly-Ann apparently failed the test at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai on 23 May after taking medication to treat toothache. She was due to run at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne today but withdrew before the event.
Bruce James, president of Shelly-Ann’s Kingston running club, admitted: “It is a minor doping violation. We have nothing to hide and decided to admit she had a positive result.” He added: “She took pain medication after a dental procedure which is not a performance-enhancement drug.”
James, along with Shelly-Ann’s coach Stephen Francis are now waiting on the IAAF to see what sanctions, if any, they will apply on the sprinter for even such a minor offence.
Fraser last competed at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon last weekend, where she came second in the 100m behind another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown.
What’s your view on the situation: do you think Shelly-Ann Fraser should be punished severely, if at all, for knowingly or unknowingly taking toothache medication which has resulted in a positive drug test?