says trainer to blame for positive test
Send a link to a friend
[January 08, 2014]
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON (Reuters) — Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson, who tested positive for a banned substance last year,
told a disciplinary panel on Tuesday that she saw no "red flags" before
taking a supplement supplied by her trainer.
Simpson, who faces a two-year ban if found guilty of a doping
violation, testified in front of a three-member panel for over three
hours and said a supplement provided by her Canadian trainer was
responsible for her positive test.
Simpson was one of five Jamaicans to test positive at last June's
national championships. Both she and former world 100 record holder
Asafa Powell returned adverse findings for the banned substance
The Olympic 4x100 relay silver medalist said she was not familiar
with one of the five supplements given to her but that nothing on
the bottle of Epiphany D1 appeared during her online search of the
World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.
"No alarm bell. No red flag," told the panel.
But a lawyer for the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said that there
is no evidence to suggest oxilofrine is contained in Epiphany D1 and
that Simpson was negligent not to have consulted a doctor.
[to top of second column]
The lawyer also said Simpson did not disclose that she was
using Epiphany D1 along with three of the other four supplements
provided to her by her trainer.
But Simpson, who said they were new additions to her regimen and
that she could not recall their names at the times, insisted she
was "not a cheat."
The hearing resumes on Wednesday.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.