The Jamaican trio of Allison Randall, Traves Smikle and Demar Robinson are schedule for their Pre-Trial hearing this Friday, September 20.
All three athletes will learn their fate after both A and B samples returned Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) when their samples were tested at the 2013 Jamaican National Trials held at the National Stadium, Kingston on June 21-23. Sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson whose A & B samples also return AAF are schedule to face the panel next Friday, September 27.
According to highly placed RJR Sports sources, Randall, the CAC gold medalist who won the 2013 national discus title with a throw of 58.97 meters, returned positive results for the banned drug hydrochlorothiazide on June 21. The diuretic hydrochlorothiazide acts by inhibiting the kidneys’ ability to retain water, reducing the volume of the blood, decreasing blood return to the heart and thus cardiac output and, by other mechanisms, is believed to lower peripheral vascular resistance.
Randall, the former Morgan State University standout was having a great season. The 25 year old Randall is the Jamaica national record-holder in the discus with a mark of 61.21 meters which she established in Coral Gables, Florida in March 2012. She also competed in the discus at the 2012 London Olympics Games.
The Jamaica Observer reported that Randall will face a four-member panel, which includes Kent Pantry, Jeremy Taylor, Dr. Archie McDonald and Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn.
Also set to face the JADCo Discplinary Panel is Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle. The 21 year old Smikle is one of the rising stars in the Jamaica discus also has traces of the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide. In a press release dated back on July 18, Smikle said that was “very saddened and surprised” by his positive test. Smikle, currently at student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) was a bronze medalist in the discus at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships. He also competed in the discus at the 2012 London Olympics Games. Smikle has a personal best discuss throw of 67.12 meters which he established back in June 2012.
The Jamaica Observer reported that “Smikle will face a four-member pre-trial panel comprising former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Chairman of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel Kent Pantry; Deputy DPP and Second Vice-Chairman Jeremy Taylor; physician Ivor Crandon; and Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn.”
Demar Robinson, who competes in the high and triple jump events was tested positive for an anabolic like substance called Androgen receptor modulator (SARM). According to RJR Sports sources it is the same substance for which 2008 Olympic mile relay bronze medallist Bobby-Gaye Wilkins received a two-year suspension. Robinson, who was in his final year at Calabar high school when the test was conducted back in June, captained his Calabar team to victory at the 2012 Boys and Girls Championship, but did not compete in the 2013 edition due to matriculation issues.
The Jamaica Observer also reported that Robinson will face “a four-member panel consisting of Kent Pantry, Jeremy Taylor, physician Dr. Archie McDonald and FIFA referee Peter Prendergast.”
The Pre-trial hearing for Randall, Smikle and Robinson was set for September 20, at which time it was determined that they will face the Disciplinary Panel at a later date (December 12 and 13).
We desire to clarify the process.
The Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130316/sports/sports12.html
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