Athletics: Jamaica's Spencer denies evading drug test
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[March 23, 2017]
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Reigning
Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer
denied on Wednesday that she "refused or evaded a drug test" and
plans to legally challenge the assertion by the Jamaica Anti-Doping
Spencer's denial came less than 24 hours after Jamaican athletics
officials said they were notified by the Jamaica Anti-Doping
Commission of rule violations by Spencer and 2011 World Championship
relay bronze medalist Riker Hylton.
"Ms. Spencer categorically refutes any assertion that she has
refused or evaded a drug test," Spencer's manager, Marvin Anderson,
said in a statement.
"This allegation is simply false, as Ms. Spencer has always made
herself available to be tested by JADCO."
According to the statement, Spencer intends to pursue all legal
channels necessary to protect her name.
Jamaica's Spencer won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in
2014 and was also a world championship silver medalist in the 4x400m
relay in Berlin in 2009.
Anderson, speaking on Jamaican radio station Hitz 92fm on Tuesday,
said Spencer was never notified that she had been selected for
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Women's 400m Hurdles - Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer winning the race
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Hylton on Monday also refuted the claim and said 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.
A date for Spencer and Hylton's hearings, which will be conducted by
Jamaica's Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, is yet to be
The maximum penalty is a four-year suspension.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
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