22 Nov 2011

Jamaican spinter banned for life

5:10 pm on 22 November 2011

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.