ATHLETICS: U.S. jumps star Will Claye cleared in doping positive

Three-time Olympic long jump and triple jump medalist Will Claye of the U.S. was cleared from a positive test for the steroid Clenburerol, which, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, “was determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence.”

Claye tested positive in an out-of-competition test on 1 August of this year. However, the USADA noted that “Consistent with numerous prior reported cases globally, the issue of illicit administration of clenbuterol to animals destined for food production can result in, under specific conditions, a positive sample from an athlete. USADA, WADA and other anti-doping agencies have issued specific warnings about this problem in China and Mexico. …

“During its investigation into the circumstances that led to the positive test, USADA gathered evidence from Claye and reviewed Claye’s whereabouts, dietary habits, and the laboratory reports demonstrating very low parts per billion concentrations of the prohibited substance in the athlete’s urine sample. USADA concluded that it was unlikely that the presence of clenbuterol in the athlete’s sample resulted from a source other than contaminated meat consumed in Mexico.

“As a result, Claye will not face a period of ineligibility for his positive test, and because the sample was collected out-of-competition, there are no competitive results to be disqualified.”