Worrell not cleared by anti-doping body to compete
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.