Jamaican Olympic Gold Medallist receives 18 month drug ban!

The life of a professional athlete is not easy!

They have the tremendous task of meticulously inspecting every thing they consume or use on their bodies with the constant fear of somehow ingesting a banned substance.

According to a report by Irie FM, Jamaica’s 2008 Olympic 100 meters silver medallist Sherone Simpson has been hit with a 18-month ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping disciplinary panel.

Simpson returned an adverse analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine at last June’s National Championships.


Simpson who won gold as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m team at the Athens games, won’t be eligible to compete until December 20 this year as her suspension took effect from the finding

She said the substance was found in a new supplement given to her by Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb.

Sherone Simpson gets 18 month banJADCO’s lawyer Lackston Robinson, who during his closing arguments in front chairman Lennox Gayle, Peter Prendergast and Dr Japheth Ford on February 25, said Simpson was guilty of gross negligence” and should serve two years for her action.

In announcing the verdict, Gayle said “Simpson has admitted the anti-doping violation and as such she brought evidence.

he noted that having listened and reviewed all the evidence and listened to the detailed submissions of councils”, “the panel was unanimously of the view that Simpson was negligent in all the circumstances as an elite athlete and as such, the period of ineligibility will be 18 months commence from the date of June 21, 2013 Gayle added.”

Robinson, who said at the time he was not convinced that epiphany d1 contained the substance oxilofrine found in Simpson’s sample, also discredited Caritox, a lab at UWI report, given by Prof Wayne Mclaughlin and questioned the “honesty” of the evidence given by agent Paul Doyle.

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