Jamaican runner Wilkins banned 2 years for doping

Jamaican 400-meter runner Bobby-Gaye Wilkins has been banned for two years for using a performance-enhancing substance, a track official said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 22:07 PM IST

Kingston: Jamaican 400-meter runner
Bobby-Gaye Wilkins has been banned for two years for using a
performance-enhancing substance, a track official said on Thursday.

Wilkins tested positive for the banned substance
andranine at the Indoor World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in
March and will be barred from competition until April 2012,
said Warren Blake, a vice-president of the Jamaica Amateur
Athletic Association.

Also, Blake said the penalty may be reduced for Olympic
and world 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, who was
provisionally suspended by the IAAF in June after a positive
test for a painkiller she claims she took to alleviate a
toothache.

"Circumstances exist for a reduction in ban and that`s
something the IAAF agrees with," Blake said. "We`re hoping
that this will happen this week."

Fraser tested positive for the prohibited substance
Oxycodone at a meet in China on May 23, but her manager said a
physician gave her the medication to alleviate pain from a
dental procedure. She has been facing a penalty as severe as a
two-year ban from competition.

Wilkins was a member of the Jamaican 4x400 relay team
that won a bronze medal at the Indoor Worlds in Qatar.

PTI