The Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has been banned for life from competing in athletics after a second doping offence.
The penalty has been imposed by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel after Mullins was found guilty last week of using a banned diuretic which can act as a masking agent for other drugs.
Mullings, a former relay world champion, tested positive for the substance after finishing third in the 100 metres final of at Jamaican national trials in June.
He previously served a two-year ban after testing positive for excessive levels of testosterone in 2004.
Mullings lawyer Alando Terrelonge says the decision was unfair based on the evidence presented to the three-member panel.
Terrelonge claims there was no evidence to indicate Mullings either deliberately took a drug to enhance his performance or to mask the presence of other drugs.