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Friday, 2 August, 2002, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK

Collins faces drugs probe

The World Anti-Doping Agency will investigate Commonwealth Games 100m champion Kim Collins after the sprinter's positive test for salbutamol.

Collins of St Kitts and Nevis was allowed to keep his title as the substance was contained in medication he was using to treat asthma.

But the WADA, which observed drug testing procedures at the Games, will still look into his case.

"Obviously it's a borderline situation with what appears to be a genuine medical condition," said WADA chairman Dick Pound.

"This has taught me a powerful lesson and one that all athletes should learn from"
Kim Collins

"You've got to be fair to athletes if you have a genuine medical condition - you can't be discriminated against because you're an athlete."

Pound has also asked Australian officials to explain why shooter Phillip Adams was allowed to compete despite testing positive for a banned substance that was also in prescribed medication.

Adams, who won silver in the 25m pistol pairs, tested positive for a diuretic contained in medication for high blood pressure which he had been taking for two years.

He escaped punishment because the Australian Shooting Association accepted he did not know he was taking a banned substance, and that it could not assist his performance.

But Pound insisted that even if Adams unknowingly took the banned drug, strict liability had to apply.

"Diuretics are there usually to hide something. Shooting is not just having a low pulse rate and a good eye," added Pound.

"We will certainly be asking the Australians to tell us about this case. The initial reaction is it was a somewhat odd resolution."

Canadian triathlete Kelly Guest is the only athlete to be expelled from the Games after testing positive in a pre-Games test for nandrolone.

Guest's team-mate Fred Asselin was cleared to play in the rugby sevens on Friday despite taking painkillers containing a banned substance to cure a toothache.

The Commonwealth Games Federation said Collins should have declared the medication he was taking before he was tested in Manchester.

But it accepted the levels found were "consistent with normal therapeutic use and not considered to be performance-enhancing".

Collins said: "This has taught me a powerful lesson and one that all athletes should learn from.

"This is my future and I will take personal responsibility for making sure all competition requirements are met.

"I would like to thank the Commonwealth Games Federation for the very fair manner in which this matter has been dealt with."


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