Trevorvano Mackey breaks silence on doping issue
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Aug 15, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia – Young Bahamian sprinter Trevorvano Mackey stopped short of admitting to consuming performance-enhancing drugs leading up to the nationals, but he did say that the reports aren’t entirely correct, and he vowed to fight it to the end. He is asking for Bahamians to support him in this venture as he tries to clear his name.
Mackey, 21, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance during the BTC National Track and Field Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in June. However, there has also been a report that he missed two mandatory drug tests, which is regarded by doping officials to be just as bad as a positive test. Whatever the case may be, Mackey was left off The Bahamas’ team for these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships, and is currently back in Nassau.
On facebook, Mackey added that he is dealing with it at the moment, and will give more details as the case continues. He said that is all that he is prepared to say at this particular time.
Mackey has been one of the top flight sprinters over the past two years for The Bahamas, establishing personal best times in both short sprints and qualifying for both major global meets – the Olympics last year and the world championships this year. Over that span, he recorded personal best times of 10.25 seconds in the 100 meters (m) and 20.52 seconds in the 200m.
Mackey was also a key contributor to the men’s 4x100m relay team which won the gold medal at the Sr. Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in Morelia, Mexico, in July. During the heats and final, the team of Mackey, Adrian Griffith, Jamial Rolle and Shavez Hart broke the national record in the event twice, settling with a time of 38.77 seconds in the final. However, that national record is now in jeopardy given the alleged positive test for Mackey.
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) President Mike Sands has not come forth and formally announce a positive doping test for Mackey, but he did say that they received an adverse report from the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) that they are truly disturbed about. He said that it is unfortunate and truly disappointing, but as a country, they are prepared to move on and not let it dampen the spirits of Team Bahamas. He said he’ll reserve further comment until an official investigation takes place.
Mackey was scheduled to run the 200m at these games. The opening rounds of that event will be held tomorrow morning. The women’s 200m, featuring three Bahamians – Anthonique, Strachan, Shaunae Miller and Nivea Smith – will get underway this morning at the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena here in Moscow.
As for the men’s 4x100m relay, The Bahamas is down to just four pure sprinters – Hart, Griffith, Rolle and Warren Fraser. They might have to rely on the help of quarter-miler Michael Matthieu just to make it to the final.
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