Ja­maican duo charged with breach­ing anti-dop­ing rules

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KINGSTON: Com­mon­wealth Games 400 me­tres hur­dles cham­pion Kaliese Spencer and world cham­pi­onship re­lay medal­list Riker Hyl­ton have been charged with breach­ing an­ti­dop­ing rules, Ja­maican ath­let­ics of­fi­cials con­firmed on Tues­day.

“We have been ad­vised by JADCO (Ja­maica Anti-Dop­ing Com­mis­sion) that ath­letes Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hyl­ton have been re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Anti Dop­ing Dis­ci­plinary Panel for a hear­ing to be con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 8 of the JADCO Anti-dop­ing Rules 2015,” the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion (JAAA) said in a state­ment.

“Both ath­letes are al­leged to have vi­o­lated ar­ti­cle 2.3 of the said rules which speaks to ‘Evad­ing, re­fus­ing or fail­ing to sub­mit to sam­ple col­lec­tion’.”

Un­der World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) rules, “evad­ing, re­fus­ing or fail­ing to sub­mit to sam­ple col­lec­tion” is one of 10 pos­si­ble ways that ath­letes or their sup­port staff can be charged with an anti-dop­ing dop­ing rule vi­o­la­tion.

The max­i­mum penalty is a fouryear sus­pen­sion.

Kaliese won gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow in 2014 and was also a world cham­pi­onship sil­ver medal­list in the 4x400m in Ber­lin in 2009.

She did not re­spond to phone calls or text re­quests for com­ment.

Hyl­ton, who won a 4x400m bronze at the 2011 World Cham­pi­onships in Daegu, said on Tues­day that he had been no­ti­fied of his pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion by JADCO.

He said the anti-dop­ing body claimed he had de­clined to pro­vide a sam­ple for test­ing last year at the Sta­dium East field.

Hyl­ton, how­ever, said that he had not been prop­erly in­formed that he had been se­lected for test­ing and only found out that he had been ac­cused of de­clin­ing to pro­vide a sam­ple af­ter he had left the sta­dium. Reuters

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