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Smikle disappointed by CAS decision

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeighton Levy
Traves Smikle

Traves Smikle has described the decision by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to uphold the two-year doping ban imposed on him by a Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel as "disappointing".

Smikle was provisionally suspended in June 2013 after traces of the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) were found in his urine sample taken following competition at the national championships that year to select Jamaica's team to the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow, Russia. Following a hearing before a Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel, he was officially banned in June 2014. The ban runs retroactive to June 22, 2013, which means it expired Sunday, clearing the way for him to compete at the national championships this weekend.

prove my innocence

CAS' decision to uphold the ban has validated a Jamaica Anti-Doping Tribunal's decision to uphold the ban in February this year.

"I have been informed of the ruling of CAS through my attorney, Dr Emir Crowne, and I am deeply disappointed and saddened by it," Smikle said in a statement. "My intentions at all times have been to clear my name and prove my innocence in this matter."

The second-year student of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, said, however, that he accepted the CAS ruling.

"I acknowledge and accept the court's ruling, and I look forward to the court's reasons and explanation at a later date," he said. "Let me say thanks to my family, my coach, UWI, Calabar and all the supporters here and in the diaspora who have been there for me."

Smikle's attorney said he was surprised by the CAS decision.

"I'm in genuine surprise and shock," said Dr Crowne, who was assisted by Bryan McCutcheon and Miganoush Megardichian. "I'm devastated. There's no sporting benefit for a discus thrower to use diuretics."