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Jamaican athletes handed three-month doping bans.

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KINGSTON: Jamaican Sprinters Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence, who admitted taking a banned substance, received three-month bans on Monday.

Justice Ransford Langrin, a retired judge of Jamaica s Court of Appeal who chaired the Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal, also reprimanded the athletes.

The four, along with Commonwealth Games 100m champion Sheri-Ann Brooks, tested positive in samples taken at the Jamaican National Championships, June 26-28.

Doctor Patrece Charles-Freeman, executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), accepted Monday s ruling.Eoe1/4A[yen] I think the Appeal Tribunal understood the case and their decision was a fair one," she said.

All were initially cleared despite the positive tests because the substance was not on the WADA banned list or apparently of similar composition.

But JADCO appealed that ruling, saying the drug in question had a similar chemical structure to the banned tuaminoheptane. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal upheld tossing out the positive test for Brooks because her "B" sample was tested without her knowledge.

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Date:Sep 15, 2009
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