Two Jamaicans face four-year anti-doping violation ban
Andre Lowe, Sports Editor
Jamaican quarter-miler Riker Hylton is one of two Jamaican athletes who have been notified by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) of refusing to provide a doping sample which is an anti-doping rules violation that carry a maximum four year suspension.
The second athlete, a high level female athlete, who has represented Jamaica at the Olympic and World Championships level, winning medals on the world stage, is fighting the charge and has retained legal representation.
Hylton, who was a member of Jamaica's bronze medal winning 4x400m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, is expressing shock after he was charged with refusing to give a sample during one of the local anti-doping watchdog’s visit to his former Cameron Blazers training group early last year.
The athlete who has been provisionally suspended by JADCO, shared that he was at training on the day of JADCO’s visit, but could not participate in the training session because of an injury. He argued that he sat and watched throughout the session and was never approached for a sample by a JADCO agent before he eventually left for home.
“This a whole misunderstanding and things have gotten out of hand wrongfully, it isn’t right,” Hylton told The Gleaner.
“I heard that I refused to do a drug test which is totally incorrect. I was not training last year and I had an ankle injury that morning. I was just sitting there that morning and I saw the JADCO persons there. I was just sitting there and looking because I couldn’t train. Nobody said anything to me the whole morning.
When training finished I was beginning to leave and a friend of mine asked if they (JADCO) came for me as well, and I said ‘no’ because I was sitting there the whole morning and nobody said anything to me, so I left,” he added.
Hylton received an email on the same morning from JADCO noting that he had refused a test. He added that he then went to the JADCO office with his coach Bert Cameron to explain what happened and was told the matter would be handled.
There are currently 10 anti-doping rule violations including evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection; the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample, the use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method; and whereabouts failures — any combination of three ‘Filing Failures’ and/or ‘Missed Tests’ in a 12-month period.
Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of the doping control process; possession of prohibited substance or a prohibited method; trafficking or attempted trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method and administration or attempted administration to an athlete of prohibited substance or method are also anti-doping offences which carry a range of punishments.
JADCO official have so far not provided any comment on any of the two cases.