Comm Games hopeful allegedly tests positive to banned substance

One of Australia’s athletics hopes for the Commonwealth Games has reportedly tested positive to a banned substance.

Jessica Peris, the daughter of Olympian and former Labor Senator Nova Peris, was forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games selection trials on the Gold Coast last weekend.

It’s not clear what substance the sprinter has tested positive to, but she is currently awaiting the result of her B sample.


ASADA and Atheltics Australia have refused to comment, however, once confirmed, this will be the first Commonwealth Games drug scandal for Athletics Australia.

The sprinter had made a dramatic return to the sport, after some time off following her relationship split from NRL star Shaun Kenny-Dowall, which ended up in court.

Leaving her 7-year-old son behind in Australia, the athlete returned to training in LA with her mother’s ex-coach and had recently clocked up personal best times in her 100m and 200m sprints.

High hopes were held for Peris in last weekend’s trials, though her future is now uncertain.