Thursday 19 July, 2018

Sprinter Jason Livermore tests positive for banned substance

Jamaican sprinter Jason Livermore.

Jamaican sprinter Jason Livermore.

Jason Livermore is facing a four-year ban after it was revealed on Friday by Kent Gammon, chairman of a three-man Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission's (JADCO) independent panel, that the sprinter returned a positive test for a banned substance in December.

Gammon made the disclosure at a preliminary hearing for the athlete at the Jamaica Conference Center.

Gammon, who did not name the alleged banned substance, said the 29-year-old Livermore, a Commonwealth Games 200-metres bronze medalist, had returned the positive result in an out-of-competition test on December. 16.

He said Livermore had violated Article 2.1 of JADCO's anti-doping rules, which refers to the "Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample".

Livermore represented Jamaica at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. He has a personal best of 10.03 seconds in the 100m and 20.13 in the 200m.

A full hearing for Livermore will begin on September 11.