Justin Gatlin’s appeal rejected

Justin Gatlin has had an appeal rejected to have his doping ban reduced so he could compete in the 100 meter dash at the Beijing Olympics.

He was banned in April 2006 by testing for testosterone at the Kansas Relays.

On a statement on the CAS website they said his four year ban will remain in place. I think if he was allowed to run in the Beijing Olympics, it would really send the wrong message to drug cheats.

“In summary, the four-year ban and the retroactive cancellation of results as from 22 April 2006 decided by the AAA (American Arbitration Association) Panel have been maintained; only the commencement date of the period of ineligibility has been changed by the CAS.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an appeal by American sprinter Justin Gatlin to have a doping ban reduced so he could defend his 100 metre crown at the Beijing Olympics.

Gatlin received a four-year ban from a positive test for testosterone at the Kansas Relays on April 22, 2006. It wiped out a 9.77-second victory in Doha three weeks later that equalled the then-world record.

Gatlin was treated as a repeat offender after testing positive in 2001 for a stimulant in an attention-deficit disorder medication, a punishment Gatlin contends violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A January appeal to a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) arbitration panel went against the 26-year-old sprinter by a 2-1 vote, prompting the appeal to CAS to have the IAAF reduce the ban, currently set to end in about two years.

On Friday, however, CAS, sport’s highest arbitration body, said in a statement on their website it had rejected Gatlin’s appeal, meaning his initial four-year ban remains in place.

“In summary, the four-year ban and the retroactive cancellation of results as from 22 April 2006 decided by the AAA (American Arbitration Association) Panel have been maintained; only the commencement date of the period of ineligibility has been changed by the CAS.

Posted by Mike 11 years ago

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