Sun | Jan 21, 2018

UPDATE: Spencer, Hylton breach anti-doping rules

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 2:32 PM
Spencer ... a well-known figure in international athletics.

Andre Lowe, Sports Editor

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has confirmed that it has been advised by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that World Championships medallists Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton have been referred to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for an anti-doping violation.

The pair is alleged to have violated article 2.3 of the JADCO Anti-doping Rules 2015 which speaks to "evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection."

"We have been advised by JADCO that athletes Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton have been referred to the Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel for a hearing to be conducted in accordance with Article 8 of the JADCO Anti-doping Rules 2015," read the release.

The local track and field authority added that it will not be commenting further on the matter. 

Hylton, who was a member of Jamaica's bronze medal winning 4x400m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, earlier today expressed shock at the charge that he had refused to give a sample during one of the local anti-doping watchdog’s visit to his former Cameron Blazers training group early last year. 

IN PHOTO: Riker Hylton

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 got 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.

IN PHOTO: Kaliese Spencer

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.

Spencer has not commented on the allegations but has retained legal representation according to our sources.

Spencer is a well-known figure in international athletics.

She is a multiple Diamond Race winner in the 400m hurdles. Se has also won gold at the Commonwealth Games and is a two-time World Indoor Championships silver medal winner.

She also won a 4x400m relay silver medal at the 2009 World Championships.