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Sprinter Dunkley kicked off Jamaican team

Sprinter Julien Dunkley has been dropped from Jamaica's Olympic team, but officials wouldn't say if he's the athlete booted earlier in the week for failing a doping test.

Sprinter Julien Dunkley has been dropped from Jamaica's Olympic team, but officials wouldn't say if he's the athlete booted earlier in the week for failing a doping test.

Mike Fennell, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, told a Kingston radio station Wednesday that Dunkley's name was removed from the 53-member track and field team late Monday.

"I will comment when it is appropriate," Fennell said.

Fennell confirmed Tuesday that an athlete had been kicked off the squad, but declined to name the athlete. He did, however, indicate that it was a male, and not a "major" member of the Beijing-bound team.

Dunkley — one of 25 men named to Jamaica's track and field roster — finished sixth in the 100 metres at the country's Olympic trials in June, but was expected to be a member of the country's relay team.

The sprinter was quoted in Wednesday's edition of The Jamaica Observer as saying he's never taken any banned substances.

"Let's be real, I didn't run anything ridiculous and I tried my best, so it does seem far-fetched," he was quoted as saying.

Dunkley said he has not been told why he was dropped and that he still plans to arrive July 31 in China.

"My ticket is valid," he told the paper.

The athlete accused of doping likely will be identified by the end of the week in accordance with a five-day rule imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

With files from the Associated Press