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IAAF bans Chris Williams for two years

BY KAYON RAYNOR Senior staff reporter raynork@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010    

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OLYMPIAN Christopher Williams, who won the 200-metre silver medal at the 8th IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada in 2001, is currently serving a two-year drug ban.

The ban was imposed on Williams by track and field's world governing body, the IAAF, for his use of the banned substances Amphetamine and levmetamphetamine.

The 38-year-old Williams, who represented Jamaica in three Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) will be able to resume his international career when his suspension ends on November 8, 2011, according to the IAAF anti-doping rule violation list. The list indicated that Williams' period of in-eligibility started July 8, 2009.

"Athletes will become automatically re-eligible after expiry of the period of ineligibility, upon completion of the reinstatement requirements prescribed under IAAF Rule 40.12, where applicable," the IAAF anti-doping page stated.

According to a report published on Trackalerts.com, Williams indicated that he ingested the substance from cold medication (Dayquil and Vicks inhaler) he used, while on his July 2009 European trip.

"....and now they are going to ban me for two years, almost a year later, without even notifying me ... and not only that, they are banning me for two years for ingesting medicine, when persons who tested positive for a stimulant, got banned for only four or six months. They are banning me for two years for taking cold medicine," Williams was quoted as saying by Trackalerts.com.

Williams' suspension comes weeks after the Observer broke news that one of the nation's promising quartermilers, 21-year-old Bobby-Gaye Wilkins returned an adverse analytical finding to her 'A' and 'B' samples at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, between March 12 and 14.

Last year, Jamaicans Lansford Spence, Marvin Anderson, Yohan Blake, Allodin Fothergill and Sheri-Ann Brooks returned adverse analytical findings for the banned substance 4-Methyl-2-Hexanamine at the National Trials, ahead of the Berlin World Championships.

Brooks, who was initially cleared by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal, later accepted a three-month ban from the IAAF, ending February 12 this year. The other four served three-month suspensions, ending December 2009.

Other Jamaicans to have tested positive for banned substances include sprinters Merlene Ottey (Nandrolone); Julien Dunkley (Boldenone); Steve Mullings (Testosterone); Patrick Jarrett (Stanozolol); shot-putter Dorian Scott (marijuana); and long/triple jumper Suzette Lee (Salbutamol, which is used for the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis and other breathing disorders).

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