The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says it is aware of the charge that has been brought against Jamaican quarter-miler Christopher Taylor by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Anti-Doping Code Article 2.3.
The charge came to light after the AIU’s six-month investigation determined that Taylor evaded a doping test in November 2022.
Alexander Williams, Chairman of JADCO, described the issue as a very serious matter and stated that his organisation will be monitoring the situation very closely going forward.
“Yes I am aware of it, but the results management process will be handled by the Athletics Integrity Unit. Christopher Taylor is no longer in our registered testing pool,” said Williams.
“The AIU has taken him over in their test pool and so they will be handling the results management process and we wait to hear from them what role if any that they would like us to play,” he said.
WADA Anti-Doping Code Article 2.3 states: "Evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection. The evading sample collection, or without compelling justification, refusing or failing to submit to Sample collection after notification as authorised in applicable anti-doping rules."
Taylor now risks a minimum two-year ban from the sport according to WADA Anti-Doping Rule 10.3.1.
"For violations of Article 2.3 or Article 2.5, the period of Ineligibility shall be four years unless, in the case of failing to submit to sample collection, the athlete can establish that the commission of the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional (as defined in Article 10.2.3), in which case the period of Ineligibility shall be two years," the rule states.