Sherone Simpson: Jamaican Sprinter Handed 18-Month Doping Ban

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 06:18 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson was given an 18-month doping ban on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned stimulant last June at the Jamaican trials.

Simpson admitted the doping violation, and has said a supplement provided by her trainer led to a positive test for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, according to Reuters.

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Simpson’s agent Paul Doyle said Simpson will appeal the ban. He said the supplement was considered legal, and oxilofrine didn’t appear on the label.

"We feel that this ruling is incredibly unjust and we will be appealing to the Court of Arbitration of Sport immediately," Doyle said in a statement.

Simpson was the second Jamaican athlete to receive a doping ban Tuesday, Reuters said. Discus thrower Allison Randall was suspended for two years for failing a drug test.

The ban, which dates from when the drug testing occurred in June, means Simpson won’t be eligible to compete until Dec. 20.

In January, Simpson testified that she would never intentionally take a banned substance.

Reuters reported that Simpson said none of the substances that appeared on the label for Epiphany D1 were on the list of banned substances.

But, in giving their ruling, the anti-doping panel said that Simpson had been grossly negligent, according to The Gleaner.

Simpson was overseas and wasn’t present at Tuesday’s hearing, which lasted only minutes, The Gleaner said. Reasons for the decision are expected in a written judgment due out in about a month.

Simpson won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic 4x100-meter relay and holds two Olympic silver medals.

Former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica also tested positive for the banned substance and is expected to receive a ruling on Thursday.

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