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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jamaica's Sherone Simpson Gets 18-Month Suspension For Doping Violation

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson has been handed an 18-month ban from competition, 10 months following her positive doping test. The sentence was handed down earlier today by the disciplinary panel that presided at her doping hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. In announcing the verdict, Lennox Gayle, chairman of the three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel said the body came to the decision that Simpson was negligent in all the circumstances as an elite athlete. Gayle says the 18-month ban should commence from the date of June 21, 2013. This means that Simpson is eligible to return to competition on December 20, 2014. The Olympian tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine at the Jamaican Championships last June. She had blamed her positive test on a new brand of nutritional supplements given to her by her former physical trainer, Canadian Chris Xuereb. Simpson was a first time offender. A two-year suspension is the maximum sanction allowed for first-time offenders, and Lackston Robinson, the attorney who represented the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, had told the panel during his final submission on February 25 that the athlete should serve the time. Robinson had described Simpson as grossly negligent, her agent Paul Doyle as disingenuous and the lab report tendered by Simpson witness Professor Wayne McLaughlin as unreliable.