Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Steve Mullings, banned for life

The Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings, fourth in the world list of years in the 100 meters with a mark of 9.80, has been suspended for life for repeated a doping offense.

A committee of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Agency formed by Lennox Gayle, the football exárbitro Peter Prendergast and Dr. Japhet Ford has unanimously decided to punish for life Mullings, who tested positive for furosemide at the end of June at the national championships.

This substance is a potent diuretic that allows rapid removal of fluid in the body, so it can be used to mask the presence of other banned substances.

Last Thursday the same committee Mullings convicted but later opened to request documents from the Jamaican Athletics Federation concerning the suspension of two years that accomplished sprinter in 2004.

Mullings, 28, had announced their intention to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The sprinter, who in 2004 spent two years suspended for doping (testosterone), was removed last August, the Jamaican team that participated, a month later, at the World Daegu (South Korea).

"This is a clear message to everyone. Prohibited substances should not be used," he said Lennox Gayle.

Mullings did not attend the hearing of the case or present witnesses to prove his innocence. His lawyer, Alando Terrelonge, said his client should benefit of the doubt about whether they had deliberately tried to improve performance and described him as "an athletic talent" that is applied to "a draconian punishment."

Terrelonge considers that a penalty of between four and six, or six to eight, according to the regulations, it would be fairer.


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