Drug ban for Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson

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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 1:36 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson has been banned from her sport until Dec. 20 after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission on Tuesday said Simpson was "negligent in all the circumstances." The 18-month ban began from the date of her sample collection on June 21, 2013.

The commission also banned Jamaican Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall for two years. She will not be able to compete until June 2015. Her ban also started June 21, 2013.

Simpson, an Olympic 4x100-relay gold and silver medalist, has said she was not a "cheat" and she never intentionally took the stimulant oxilofrone.

Attorney Kwame Gordon said Simpson was training in the U.S. and was not able to fly back in time for the hearing.

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