Sherone Simpson: Jamaican athlete given 18-month ban for doping

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson has been handed an 18 month ban after she was found guilty for doping.

The 2008 Olympic 100 metres silver medallist was one of the five Jamaican athletes who tested positive to banned substances during last June’s national championships,with the athletes not competing at 2013 World Athletics Championship in Moscow.

An anti-doping panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston voted unanimously that Simpson was “negligent in all the circumstances,” after the athlete claimed in January that a supplement given to her by her Canadian coach was the reason why she returned a positive test result.

“Miss Simpson has admitted the anti-doping violation and … now having listened and reviewed all the evidence and listened to the detailed submissions of councils, this panel is unanimously of the view that Ms Simpson was negligent in all the circumstances as an elite athlete and as such, the period of ineligibility will be 18 months,” Lennox Gayle, a member of the Jamaica Anti-doping Disciplinary panel,was quoted as saying by RTE Sport.

Also banned was Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall who got a two-year suspension.

Meanwhile the other elite athlete in for a possible ban is Asafa Powell,but he will have to wait till Thursday to hear his own verdict.

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