Wor­rell not cleared by anti-dop­ing body to com­pete

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 5 -

LOOK­ING MEAN and mus­cu­lar, Hoskyns Wor­rell strode into the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre last Satur­day evening, in a quest for a sev­enth Darcy Beck­les In­vi­ta­tional Clas­sic ti­tle and the first prize cheque of $7 000.

He never got the chance to dis­play his physique that he had sharp­ened and re­fined for the last three months.

That’s be­cause the Na­tional An­tiDop­ing Com­mis­sion (NADC) ve­toed his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event as ac­cord­ing to them, he had not met all their stip­u­la­tions.

Wor­rell re­tired from the sport in 2015, but NADC rules state that all ath­letes seek­ing to make a re­turn to the com­pet­i­tive stage must give them six months writ­ten no­ti­fi­ca­tion prior to a come­back and sub­mit to a drug test.

The three-time Mr Bar­ba­dos win­ner and mul­ti­ple Caribbean di­vi­sional cham­pion com­plied with those reg­u­la­tions, but is still await­ing the re­sults of the drug test that was done last week.

Had he stepped on stage, the 52 yearold Wor­rell could have faced a life ban.

“I was told by the NADC that I can­not com­pete be­cause the re­sults of the drug test had not come back, and if I com­peted, I would be sub­ject to a life ban. I was un­der the im­pres­sion that once I did the drug test I would have been cleared to com­pete,” he said.

A vis­i­bly dis­ap­pointed Wor­rell spent the en­tire night back stage.

“The con­di­tion was there. I was fo­cussed and ready. I put a lot of ef­fort into this show. I am real hurt. I know I would have won if I had got­ten the chance. This is a huge dis­ap­point­ment for me, I put in real hard work over the last four months. I sac­ri­ficed a lot.

“This show came at the right time. I was on va­ca­tion as I had more time to train. I am real down. I will be back next year,” he said.

Wor­rell, win­ner of the event in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, was badly missed and so too was Mart­i­nus Dur­rant, the champ in 2013 and Steven­son Belle, last year’s vic­tor.

Dur­rant and Belle have also come un­der the mi­cro­scope of the NADC. Dur­rant opted not to com­pete de­spite be­ing cleared to re­turn to the sport, while Belle is serv­ing a pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion for al­legedly not com­ply­ing with anti-dop­ing of­fi­cers at last year’s event.

Bar­ba­di­ans have won nine of the ten edi­tions of the In­vi­ta­tional Clas­sic, with im­pos­ing Gre­na­dian po­lice­man Damien Daniel break­ing the stran­gle­hold in 2015.

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