Poor Shelly Ann Fraser


Those who wanted to see Shelly Ann Fraser run yesterday in Switzerland were disappointed as the she withdrew from the Diamond League event after she tested positive for a banned substance.

The runner tested positive for 'Oxycodone' at the Shanghai Diamond League Meeting in China on May 23, which is named on the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2010 Prohibited Substances list as a narcotic in the same vein as morphine.

The Internet website www.drugs.com defines Oxycodone as a painkiller used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, while www.wikipedia.com says its most commonly reported effects include euphoria, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, itchy skin, and excessive sweating.

In a report carried in the Observer Bruce James explained that Fraser underwent a dental procedure in Jamaica for which she was prescribed painkillers prior to travelling to Shanghai.

In accordance with IAAF rules, the athlete declared that substance to the sports world governing body. However, said James, that medication was not effective enough and just prior to the women's 100m in Shanghai, Fraser took another over-the-counter medication which she failed to report to the IAAF.

"The flight to China made things worse. It (Oxycodone) is an extremely strong painkiller," he explained.

"She declared everything else because as a professional athlete she knows she has to declare everything she is taking... she literally took this thing a little before running (and) she forgot to declare it after the race."

He added that while the substance is neither performance enhancing nor a masking agent, because Fraser had failed to declare the drug prior to competing, she has been sanctioned.

"Once you tell them, you are all right," he said.