Jessica Peris Rejects Doping Allegations
It would seem that the times are a’doping again. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) recently confirmed that the correct procedures were in fact followed in the aftermath of Australian sprinter Jessica Peris testing positive to three banned substances during October of last year.
A very unhappy Peris questioned the reliability of the outcome as a result of ASADA having taken three months to inform her of the results. Peris insists that she is innocent, claiming that an additional sample of blood that was tested on the same day had not yielded the same results, but in fact, delivered a negative reading.
The positive test resulted in temporary suspension until the full investigation into the incident has been finalised. This means that Peris will not be able to compete in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. What’s more, if she’s found guilty of the alleged wrongdoing, the 27 year old athlete could be excluded from all competition for a period of up to four years. This will obviously have the potential to force her to retire from sprinting for good.
Peris Eager To Preserve Reputation
When questioned as to why a second set of results were being analysed, ASADA responded by saying that due to the nature of the metabolites detected in Peris’s system by means of a urine screening, it was necessary to conduct further blood tests in order to reach a final conclusion.
ASADA boss David Sharpe said that he was completely confident in the reliability of the outcome of the tests and commended Athletics Australia for their co-operation during the process of investigation.
Peris, however, is sticking to her innocence guns, saying that she would be happy to contest any doping allegations brought against her by either ASADA or Athletics Australia. She said that this would be done to ensure that her participation as a clean and professional athlete would be in a position to continue as such.
Peris is from a strong line of athletes, with her mother Nova having been the first Indigenous Australian athlete to have won gold at the Olympics. Nova was a member of the Hockeyroos in 1996 when the Olympic Games were hosted by Atlanta.
Nova made a transition to track sprinting shortly after, and went on to win gold in the 200m event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Jessica Peris had enjoyed a stunning summer on the track and would have been an undisputed inclusion in the Australian team headed for the Commonwealth Games.
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