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Jamaica track team has blood tests

AFP-JIJI

All 44 athletes on the Jamaican team, including sprint superstar Usain Bolt, were tested Monday at their Moscow training camp for the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Team officials confirmed that agents from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) arrived at the camp in Moscow, where all of the athletes had blood taken in the sweeping operation.

It wasn’t clear if an entire national team had ever before been asked to undergo testing before a major competition.

The Jamaican track and field program has been under increased scrutiny over the last two months after former world 100-meter record holder Asafa Powell and his training partner Sherone Simpson were among five athletes who tested positive at the Jamaican championships in Kingston in June.