British sprinter banned for four years after testing positive for testosterone and clenbuterol
Sprinter Bernice Wilson has been handed a four-year suspension following her positive test last June for testosterone and clenbuterol.
The ban is twice as long as the standard two-year sanction because she tested positive for more than one prohibited substance and tried to implicate other people. Wilson appealed the decision, but it was upheld.
The ban, which will end in July 2015, means Wilson will forego the chance to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, or any other future Games for that matter, due to the BOA bylaw which prevents British athletes from competing at the Olympics following an anti-doping violation.
Wilson made a big breakthrough two years ago and continued her good form during the 2011 indoor season. She set a personal best of 7.25 over 60m, took silver at the UK Indoor National Championships, and represented Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships, where she reached the semi finals.
The National Anti-Doping Panel described the situation as “a very bad case of doping,” and that “far from admitting her guilt… she sought to blame other people.” Wilson also suggested that her positive test was due to a contaminated sample.
The World Anti-Doping Code provides the basis for a ban to be increased beyond the standard two years, if there are ‘aggravating circumstances’. These include an athlete possessing or using more than one prohibited substance, using more than one prohibited substance over a period of time, and engaging in ‘deceptive conduct’ to avoid adjudication.
“We have successfully argued for a four-year ban which demonstrates that UK Anti-Doping always seeks robust sanctions against athletes who look to cheat the system and betray those around them,” said UK Anti-Doping chief executive Andy Parkinson.
“This sends a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK and gives clean athletes the confidence that we are working hard on their behalf, within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code, to protect their right to compete in doping-free sport.”