Jessica Peris denies ever taking performance-enhancing substances. Picture: Phil Hillyard
Jessica Peris denies ever taking performance-enhancing substances. Picture: Phil Hillyard

‘I didn’t take a performance-enhancing substance’

SPRINTER Jessica Peris is claiming there were "substantial flaws" in the drug test which came back positive and forced her withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games selection trials.

The daughter of Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris has denied she took performance-enhancing drugs and will be contesting the ASADA finding.

Peris confirmed the positive test was from a urine sample taken on October 18 last year but refused to reveal the nature of the banned substance.

The 27-year-old went on to record several personal bests over 100m and 200m at the start of the Australian summer.

She rocketed into Commonwealth Games calculations last month when she ran a personal best 11.41sec in defeating rising star Riley Day at the Glynis Nunn Shield.

Peris only found out about the positive test on January 20 and was subsequently not allowed to participate in last weekend's selection trials despite her mother urging Athletics Australia officials to let her run.

Nitro Athletics Gala Dinner. Scott Appleton, Nova Peris and Jessica Peris. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis
Nitro Athletics Gala Dinner. Scott Appleton, Nova Peris and Jessica Peris. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis

She is still awaiting the results of a B-sample taken back in October but claimed a blood test taken at the same time had tested negative.

In a prepared statement Peris said she was disappointed it had taken three months for ASADA to alert her of the positive test.

"I did not take any performance-enhancing substance. I now believe that there are substantial flaws in the way in which my urine tests were conducted in respect of my urine sample to ASADA on 18 October.

"I am looking forward to fighting any doping allegation brought against me by ASADA and ensuring my reputation as a clean athlete continues."

Athletics Australia yesterday released the following statement: "Athletics Australia is fully committed to a clean sport, free of doping, and supports the work of ASADA and WADA.

"We are not able to comment at this time on any speculation in the media and will respond when we are able to."

After turning her back on the sport as a teenager because of the weight of expectation in living up to her mother's name, Jessica returned to the sport in 2015.

Peris broke several PBs in the lead up to the Comm Games trials which alerts ASADA officials.
Peris broke several PBs in the lead up to the Comm Games trials which alerts ASADA officials.

She made headlines the following year after levelling domestic violence allegations against her former lover NRL star Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

The case created headlines with the magistrate describing Peris as an unreliable witness as he dismissed all charges.

Nova Peris was the first indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal, for the Hockeyroos at Atlanta 1996.

She then won gold in the 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.



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