Second Nigerian caught using stimulant

Bob Mackin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:02 AM ET

DELHI, India - A second Nigerian sprinter has flunked a drug test at the Commonwealth Games.

Samuel Okon, who was sixth in the 110 metre hurdles on Friday, tested positive for methylhexaneamine, the same banned stimulant that women's 100 m gold medallist Oludamola Osayomi allegedly took.

Osayomi is supposed to know the result of a second test and possible discipline on Wednesday.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell said Okon will have a Tuesday afternoon hearing where he expects the athlete will waive his right to a second test.

"It appears to us it may be coming from the use of a supplement," Fennell said.

A dozen Indian athletes were suspended after testing positive for the stimulant in August, but their suspensions were lifted before the Games.

In September, the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency said methylhexaneamine would be classified as a specified stimulant in 2011 because it may be consumed inadvertently. Therefore, penalties could be softer than the two-year competition ban for doping.

Fennell said athletes and their coaches have been warned to follow the WADA list and ignore product labels. Manufacturers' claims are often false and ingredients are often not fully disclosed, he said.

Fennell said the global supplement market is estimated to be worth US$86 billion annually.

"It's a mega-industry," he said.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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