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MOSCOW – Kelly-Ann Baptiste’s withdrawal from the athletics World Championships because of a positive drugs test is “sad”, according to her teammates Keston Bledman and Rondell Sorrillo.
Bledman, who ran 10.02, and was the joint-fastest Caribbean man on the opening day to qualify for the 100 metres semi-finals, indicated he had no idea what happened to Baptiste.
“Only Kelly-Ann can answer that, but whatever it is, I hope she gets over it very fast,” he said.
“I am really sad and disappointed because she is my big sister and Tyson [Gay]  is my big brother, so  I’m sad and disappointed.”
Bledman, who trains with Gay, who recently returned a positive test, and Baptiste in Florida,  said he was sleeping when the latter left the village, but has a personal message.
“Hold your head up, no matter what happened, pray and God will answer to everything, and no matter what I am here for them – both Tyson and Kelly-Ann,”  he added.
Sorrillo also said he had no idea why Baptiste left the village.
“I really feel bad. I really don’t know what the reason was about,” added Sorrillo whose 10.25 was not enough to take him into  the semi-finals.
The National Association  of Athletics Administrations  of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAA)  is expected to make an announcement on the issue  but the Trinidad Express newspaper reported that Baptiste left Moscow yesterday and would take no further part in the championships.
“She has voluntarily withdrawn from the competition and is heading back to her base,” Trinidad and Tobago team manager Dexter Voisin  told the Express.
He refused to confirm that Baptiste had tested positive.
“I can’t disclose anything pertaining to that.”
However, the newspaper quoted a source as confirming that the 2011 World Championship women’s 100 metres bronze medallist had actually  returned a positive test.
Meanwhile, another Trinidad sprinter, Semoy Hackett, has had her ban reinstated by the Court  of Arbitration for Sports after testing positive for a banned stimulant in June last year. As a result she has been withdrawn from the Games. (CMC)


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