Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson has been banned from the sport until December 20 after testing positive for a banned substance.
The three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said on Tuesday it would soon release its reasons for issuing an 18-month ban, which begins from the June 21, 2013 sample collection date.
“Miss Simpson was negligent in all the circumstances,” said commission chairman Lennox Gayle.
Simpson, an Olympic 4×100-relay gold and silver medallist, previously said she was not a “cheat” and that she never intentionally took the banned stimulant oxilofrone.
She blamed her new trainer for providing her with one of six supplements that led to a positive test. Simpson has said that she researched the “Epiphany D1” supplement for up to 14 hours online before taking it, and that nothing “raised a red flag or an alarm bell”.
The sprinter has acknowledged that she did not disclose the new supplement on doping control forms.
Her trainer, Christopher Xuereb, has told The Associated Press that Simpson was clearly looking for a scapegoat.
Lawyer Kwame Gordon said Simpson was training in the US and was not able to fly back in time for the hearing.
“It was very difficult for her to be here today,” he said.
The commission on Tuesday also issued a two-year ban for Jamaican Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall, who will not be able to participate in the sport until June 2015. Randall’s ban also begins from her June 21, 2013 sample collection date.
Randall had tested positive for a banned substance at June’s national championships, and commission members said they could not establish how the substance came to be in her body.
Randall had testified earlier that she believed the source was a supplement she was taking called “Animal Pak”.
She appeared via Skype during the hearing but showed no reaction after the ruling.
Randall had represented Jamaica during the 2012 Olympics.
The commission is expected to issue a much-anticipated ruling on Thursday in the case of former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell.
He also tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrone at last year’s Jamaican championships.