JAAA awaits result of Wilkins drug hearing

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, July 14, 2010    

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THE Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) is expecting a result soon from the disciplinary hearings being held into the positive drugs test result returned by quarter-miler Bobby-Gaye Wilkins, Dr Warren Blake told the Observer.

Wilkins tested positive for the Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) Andarine, which is listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as an anabolic agent, at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships (WIC) in Doha, Qatar in March.

Wilkins' 'B' sample later returned a positive result as well.

In accordance with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules, the athlete requested a hearing, which has since convened.

"If a hearing is requested by an athlete, it shall be convened without delay and the hearing held within three months of the date of notification of the athlete's request to the Member," states Rule 38.9 of the 2010-2011 IAAF Competition Rules book.

The USA-based Wilkins, along with Clora Williams, Davita Prendergast and Novlene Williams-Mills, won a bronze medal in the women's 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championship recently.

The positive test and any consequent findings by the disciplinary panel means the Jamaica team could lose its bronze medal from the meet.

Meanwhile, Blake said a date has not yet been set to hear the case of Wworld and Olympic 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser, who tested positive for the narcotic Oxycodone at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on May 23.





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