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Livermore to learn fate October 30

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

If the confidence exuded by his manager Lorenzo Sandford is anything to go by, then Jason Livermore should be exonerated from his Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) anti-doping violation following the second and final day of the hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.

However, the 200m Commonwealth Games bronze medallist could face up to four years if found guilty and will learn his fate on October 30.

“The final outcome will be decided by three honourable panellists. But to the best of our ability we have brought forth all the evidence to show that our athlete had no intention to seek an unfair advantage within the sport of track and field,” said Sandford.

“It is difficult to tell which way it will go, we will hope for the best,” said Sandford.

“At the end of the day, the reason you have banned substances is to ensure that you have a level playing field. But I believe that in the case of my athlete there is a genuine situation for which he was being treated. The medications were declared and it was brought forward that he was unaware of the TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) process,” he pointed out.

Livermore violated JADCO's Article 2.1 rule which refers to “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete's Sample”.

Two anabolic steroids, Clomifhene and Mestorolone (metabolites) were found in his urine samples in December 2016.

Clomifhene and Mestorolone are linked to the enhancement of low sperm quality in male and is also a medication used to treat infertility in women who do not ovulate.

Livermore revealed he was taking the medications from November 29, 2016 to treat a “life-threatening” situation.

The Akan Track Club star added that he had to think beyond athletics as he wants a family, hence the use of the medications.

Yesterday, Livermore's physician, Dr Rex Xavier Dowe, took to the stand and refused to swear by the Bible but affirmed to tell the truth.

But Sandford, who is not an attorney, had great difficulty putting his questions forward as he was railroaded by a number of objections from JADCO's lawyer Judith Clarke.

At that point, Kent Gammon, chairman of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, advised Sandford not to be intimidated by Clarke.

After 20 minutes Sandford finally conjured up a question that was allowed and Dr Dowe's testimony actually started.

The doctor, who has been treating Livermore for the last two years, admitted he wasn't an expert in sports medicine, but was well aware that Livermore was a professional athlete.

Dr Dowe was asked if he had ever heard about banned substances in the area of track and field.

“The thing with banned substances, a lot of banned substances we use them in everyday treatment. They are found in most medications,” he replied.

“You being aware of banned substances or the existence of them, would your approach to treating a professional athlete and prescribing medication for him be different from just an ordinary person?” asked Clarke.

“People have a personal life and a professional life. There must be some way they can contact their organisation to let them know they are using a particular product for a particular reason,” answered Dr Dowe.

But contrary to what Livermore said in his testimony last week, Dr Dowe revealed he and the athlete didn't discuss the safety of the medication.

“No, we didn't discuss that. We just dealt with the medical issue,” said Dr Dowe.

Dr Dowe also revealed he knew nothing about TUE when he was prescribing the medication to Livermore. “I wish I knew about it because if I did, I would remind him about it.”

Meanwhile, JADCO introduced new email evidence to refute claims by Livermore that he was not sensitised by JADCO.

The evidence showed that several emails were sent to Livermore and his club about JADCO's anti-doping workshops from as far back as 2014.

But Livermore, who was asked to take the stand for a second time by Sandford, said his email was hacked on two occasions and he only knew about it via his bank which informed him of discrepancies with his account.

The three-member disciplinary panel of attorneys Kent Gammon and Heron Dale, the former Jamaica Football Federation president, and Dr Majorie Vassell, are expected to receive submissions by October 17 and will hand down their verdict on October 30.