Wednesday, August 4, 1999 Published at 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Call for fail-safe drug tests
Doug Walker: Cleared of drug taking
Positive drug tests by British athletes have hit the headlines on several occasions in recent years.
An increase in the number of athletes worldwide testing positive for nandrolone, which can appear naturally in the body, has prompted a call by governing body UK Athletics for a Sports Council investigation.
"There have been a number of reports of athletes around the world having metabolites of nandrolone and this is very odd.
"We need to look at both sides and not jump to conclusions."
The 23-year-old said: "I believe that Linford is innocent but hopefully now we can start checking into this nandrolone situation, rather than immediately pointing the finger and crying 'cheat.'
"It is a very strange situation because it is becoming more and more common and that can't be because all these people are cheating.
"If it happens a couple of times then you can call it a coincidence, but now it is happening worldwide it simply can't be."
The British number two over the one-lap discipline has admitted both she and other athletes are scared of what could happen to them after they are randomly tested.
"It is a very worrying situation because none of us really know how our bodies will react to what we take," said Curbishley.
"Many athletes take supplements that are perfectly within the rules but it's starting to seem as though your body is beginning to react in different ways."
Tennis player Petr Korda also had traces of nandrolone in a dope test carried out at Wimbledon last year.
But Korda, who has since retired, escaped a ban because a panel decided he had taken steroids unknowingly.
World athletics officials are currently considering the case of Sri Lankan sprinter Susantika Jayasinghe, who tested positive for nandrolone in April 1998.