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Jamaican Mullings banned for life over doping

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KINGSTON — Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings was banned for life from competing in athletics after a second doping offence, the Jamaican Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel said on Monday.

“We, the panel, believe a clear and strong message must be sent to every athlete in Jamaica and elsewhere that prohibited substances will not be tolerated in sports,” panel chairman Lennox Gayle said.

Mullings (28) was expected to appeal the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his attorney said. Alando Terrelonge said the decision was unfair based on the evidence presented to the three-member panel.

“There was no evidence before this panel to indicate Mullings either deliberately took a drug to enhance his performance or to mask the presence of other drugs he was taking to enhance his performance,” Terrelonge said.

Mullings, a former relay world champion, had been found guilty last Thursday by the panel for using banned diuretic furosemide, which can act as a possible masking agent for other drugs.

The sprinter, now based in the United States, did not attend the hearing. Gayle said the decision to ban Mullings was unanimous.

“The fact is that on several occasions we tried to get Mullings here and he refused to attend. We believe we certainly should impose the maximum in this particular case,” Gayle said

Mullings tested positive for the substance after placing third in the 100 metres final of the Jamaican national trials in June. He previously served a two-year ban after testing positive for excessive levels of testosterone in 2004.

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