JADCO lawyers unable to decipher drug report on Simpson

JADCO lawyers unable to decipher drug report on Simpson

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The failure of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) to decipher the long awaited lab report from HFL Sports Science lab in Kentucky, has further set back the doping case of a clearly frustrated Sherone Simpson.
The report is the one that Simpson and her lawyers say revealed that oxilofrine was found in the supplement Epiphany D1 consumed by the athlete.
JADCO attorney Lackston Robinson Tuesday told the panel that he could not proceed because he could not decipher the document.  
"Having examined that lab documentation we have some concern about the report. That report is a highly technical document. We have persons in house who have limited training in the field of chemistry but they were not able to decipher the information in that document and we have therefore sought assistance in interpreting the document.
"We have some difficulty this morning cause we are not sure where we go in cross examining Prof McLaughlin because we can only do so with a proper understanding of both documents," he pointed out.
"We must complete these matter next week. It would not put the athlete at any disadvantage as far as time is concerned, because at the end of the day when this matter is complete it will be time for submissions," said Robinson.
Panel chairman Lennox Gayle then agreed to postpone the hearing once again, a move which clearly Irked Simpson's lead attorney Kwame Gordon.
"I have heard Mr Robinson and it's unfortunate that he is seeking advise on document in his possession for more than three weeks," said Gordon.
"The real issue is this a critical element of the complaint's case. I don't to go back to the balance of probabilities are with regards to proving whether substance in question is in fact from Epiphany D1," argued Gordon.
"We are here now ready to proceed and at the 11th hour in the heat of the battle we are told we cannot proceed when there was sufficient time to meet that assessment.
"With the greatest amount of respect to Mr Robinson I think that is inadequate. The JADCO rules are clear matters like these must be done expeditiously, the athlete has already suffered a disadvantage. The adverse analytical finding was from last year June ... The matter was set for two day in January, we now have two days in February to complete the matter," Gordon said.
Howard Walker

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