Olympic Games sprint relay gold medallist Sherone Simpson has been hit with a 18-month ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. Simpson, who won gold as part of Jamaica's 4x100m team at the Athens Games, won't be eligible to compete until 20 December 2014.
At the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals, Simpson returned positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine. Simpson said the substance was found in a new supplement given to her by Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb.
JADCO's lawyer Robinson, who during his closing arguments in front chairman Lennox Gayle, Peter Prendergast and Dr Japheth Ford on February 25, said "Ms Simpson is guilty of gross negligence" and should serve two years for her action.
In announcing the verdict, Gayle said: “Miss Simpson has admitted the anti-doping violation and as such she brought evidence…now having listened and reviewed all the evidence and listened to the detailed submissions of councils, this panel is unanimously of the view that Miss Simpson was negligent in all the circumstances as an elite athlete and as such, the period of ineligibility will be 18 months commence from the date of June 21, 2013."
Robinson, who said at the time he was not convinced that Epiphany D1 contained the substance oxilofrine found in Simpson’s sample, also discredited Caritox, a lab at UWI Report, given by Prof Wayne McLaughlin and questioned the "honesty" of the evidence given by agent Paul Doyle.