Four Jamaican athletes given three-month bans

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:57

Kingston: Four of five Jamaican athletes hauled before a doping tribunal for using a banned stimulant were banned for three months on Monday.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal banned Marvin Anderson, Lansford Spence, Yohan Blake and Allodin Fothergill following a hearing.

The athletes last week admitted to using the prohibited drug methylxanthine.
"The appeal tribunal acted properly and the punishment is fair," Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission executive director Patrice Charles Freeman told reporters.

The panel overturned a decision by the Anti-Doping`s disciplinary committee, which last month found the athletes not guilty, ruling they had violated Jamaican and IAAF doping laws.

The fifth athlete, female sprinter Sherry-Ann Brooks, had previously been cleared, following a breach in the testing procedure of her urine samples.

All five had been named to represent Jamaica at last month`s world championships in Berlin but officials declined to allow them to participate while the case was ongoing.

The tests were conducted during Jamaica`s national athletic championship in June.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:57

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