High Jumper Robinson Latest Jamaican Hit
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[April 15, 2014]
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) — Jamaican
high jumper Damar Robinson has been handed a one-year ban for doping in
the latest blow to the country's athletics program.
The sanction was handed down by the chairman of the Jamaica
Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel Kent Pantry following an in-camera
hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
Robinson's suspension comes days after three Jamaican Olympians,
sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson and discus thrower
Allison Randall, received lengthy doping bans.
Former 100 meters world record holder Powell was banned for 18
months by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel on Thursday
after testing positive for a banned substance last year.
The sprinter, 31, tested positive for the stimulant oxilophrine at
last year's national championships and the ban has been backdated to
June 21 2013 — the day he provided the sample. His ban will end on
Athens Olympics relay champion Simpson was suspended for 18 months
after testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine during
last June's trials.
Randall was suspended for two years after she too failed a drugs
test during the 2013 national trials.
Robinson, a former Jamaican national junior representative who also
competes in triple jump, was suspended for using a selective
androgen receptor modulator (SARM).
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The ban for Robinson, who is currently studying in the United
States, will be retroactive to June 16 2013 when he provided the
positive sample at Jamaica's national junior trials.
The 20-year-old will be eligible to compete again on June 17.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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