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Saturday 16, Mar 2013

  Jamaican Sprinter Loses Appeal Against Life Ban

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Jamaican sprinter loses appeal against life ban

Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has lost his appeal against a lifetime ban from athletics, according to an announcement by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Mullings appealed against a lifetime ban from athletics, imposed in November 2011 for a second doping offense after the 30-year-old who won a gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, tested positive for testosterone in 2004 and for the banned diuretic furosemide in 2011. It was argued by the sprinter that there were problems with the 2004 positive test meaning it should not be counted as a first sanction for a doping offense but CAS rejected his arguments. Mullings went on to claim that the laboratory results of the 2011 test were unreliable and that the disciplinary proceedings were flawed.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said proceedings were delayed as it collected evidence from both tests and disclosed that the CAS panel considered that the athlete had not presented any basis to challenge the testing procedure of the 2011 sample and the CAS panel did not find that the circumstances surrounding the first offense warranted a more lenient sanction while Mullings has attempted to raise suspicion about his first violation.

Mullings was sanctioned with a suspension of two years following a positive anti-doping control (methyltestoterone) in 2004. He provided an in-competition sample in June 2011 at the National Senior Championships in Jamaica which was tested at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Quebec, Canada, and which returned an adverse analytical finding for the presence of Furosemide, the prohibited substance. After this, disciplinary proceedings were opened by the Jamaican anti-doping authorities against Steve Mullings that resulted in a decision to suspend him for life for a second anti-doping offense. The athlete appealed  to the CAS on 19 December 2011 to request the annulment of the decision made by the JADCO Disciplinary Panel.

The case was handled by a CAS Panel composed of Mr David W. Rivkin, President (USA), Mr Christopher L. Campbell (USA), and Prof. Richard H. McLaren (Canada) who considered that Mullings had not presented any basis to challenge the testing procedure of the 2011 sample and the CAS panel did not find that the circumstances surrounding the first offense did warrant a lenient sanction while Mullings has attempted to raise suspicion about the first violation, and accordingly, it confirmed the lifetime ban.

The former sprint athlete who specialized in the 100 and 200 meter events began his international athletic career with a bronze medal win in the 100 m at the Pan American Junior Championships. Steve Mullings made his first impact in senior athletics at the 2004 national championship, setting new bests of 10.04 and 20.22 in the sprints, and finishing as the 200 m national champion. After being banned from competition for two years for testing positive for testosterone, the sprinter returned to competition in 2006 and competed at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics as a heats runner for the Jamaican silver medal-winning 4×100 meters relay team.

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Wednesday 03, Oct 2012

  Jamaican Athletes Face Bans For Alleged Doping

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Jamaican Athletes Face Bans For Alleged Doping

@Dominique Blake, 4x400m relay star, and Ricardo Cunningham, national 800m senior champion, would be facing the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) on October 17 over doping violations returned by the pair at Jamaica’s senior championships in June.

Cunningham tested positive for pseudoephedrine and the substance found in the sample of Blake was not named, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Blake, who has previously served a nine-month ban for testing tested positive for ephedrine at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 2006, sent a representative and Cunningham appeared in person at the initial hearing in Kingston on October 2, 2012. The 25-year-old Blake represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Turkey in March, where she qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m and also competed at the CAC Games and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Blake, who finished sixth in the Women’s 400m final in 51.83 seconds, as a relay alternate but did not compete and criticized her omission from the preliminary rounds of the women’s mile relay on August 10 on team politics. Blake, the 2008 NCAA national champion and 2012 World Indoor semi-finalist in 400 m (Istanbul, Turkey), competed on the European circuit from July-August 2008 and was the Hampton Games 2010 silver medalist. She is also a three-time Penn State record holder, Big Ten championship record holder, and six-time Big Ten champion, besides being a seven-time NCCA Championship participant. At the 2006 national outdoors, Blake was a member of the fifth-place mile relay team at the NCAA East Regional Championships that clocked a school-record 3:34.92. At the Big Ten Championships (2007 indoors), Dominique Blake was a member of the gold-medal winning 4×400-meter relay for the second-straight year that set a new conference record (3:37.70).

Cunningham declared that he had taken an over-the-counter medication that may have contained pseudoephedrine, a substance found in most cold medicines. Recently, Cunningham won the men’s 800m final with a time of 1:48.00 seconds at the JAAA/SVL Jamaica Senior National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston wherein Aldwyn Sappleton finished second in 1:48.43 seconds, while Darryll Oliver was 3rd in 1:48.98 seconds.

Cunningham recorded a personal- and season best-time of 1:49.99 in the 800-meters to finish in the top 15 at Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays at 2003 Outdoor and posted a season-best time of 3:09.26 to finish third in the IC4As in the 800. Named Sophomore of the Year in 2002, Cunningham was the bronze medalist in the 800 meters at the 1999 Carifta Games. Hraduated from Vere Technical High School in 2000 and from SW Christian Community College in 2002 and competed in soccer for three years at Vere Technical High School in Jamaica.

Just before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, sprinter Julien Dunkley tested positive. In 2009, 200m specialist and 2001 World Championships silver medalist Christopher Williams returned a positive finding at a meet in Europe and was banned for two years. Five athletes returned positive tests after consuming a sport drink during Trials in 2011. The five — Yohan Blake, Allodin Fothergill, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Marvin Anderson, and Lanceford Spence — were all banned for a period of three months. Last November, former Jamaican relay world champion Steve Mullings was given a lifetime ban from competing in athletics after a second doping offence.

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Monday 16, Jan 2012

  Life ban faced by Mullings

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A three-member disciplinary panel has found Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings guilty of doping.

The sportsman now faces a lifetime ban and did not attend the hearing and could not be reached for comment.

In 2004, Mullings was banned after he tested positive for testosterone.

Tuesday 23, Aug 2011

  Mullings’ drug-testing saga continues

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Mullings' drug-testing saga continuesJamaican sprinter Steve Mullings is confident that he will be beat drug rap when the second portion (B Sample) of the urine sample he submitted following the men’s 100m final at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials on June 24, will be tested in the presence of his representatives at the IAAF/WADA accredited lab in Montréal, Canada.

His B sample will be tested at the Doping Control Laboratory at the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Center in Quebec.

The lab is one of only two World Anti-Doping Agency-certified laboratories in North America and has been used by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association for many years as well as the US Major League Baseball.