Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Jason Livermore anti-doping hearing begins today

Published:Monday | September 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jason Livermore (left) capturing the men's 100m 'A' race at last year's JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium.

The anti-doping hearing for Jamaican sprinter Jason Livermore is set to begin this morning at the Jamaica Conference Centre at 10 a.m.

Livermore, the 2014 Commonwealth Games 4x100m gold medallist and 200m bronze medallist, was charged with violating Article 2.1 of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission laws, which deal with the "presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete's sample", and as a result, Livermore has been summoned to present his case to a three member independent anti-doping disciplinary panel led by chairman Kent Gammon and supported by Dr Marjorie Vassell and Heron Dale.

Based on investigations, the athlete was taking a medication which contained a banned substance which has not been disclosed, and will now have to answer the charge after his sample came back positive.

Although injured at the time, the 29-year-old sprinter's drug violation suspension would have forced him to miss last month's IAAF World Championships in London, England, as well.

His manager, Lorenzo Sandcroft, said that the athlete has no doubt of his innocence and remains confident that he will beat the charges. "He is in very good spirits. He has no fear or doubt of his innocence," he told The Gleaner.