BREAKING NEWS: Sprinter loses appeal against four-year ban

SPRINTER Bernice Wilson has been banned from sport for four years after losing an appeal to overturn a four-year ban for failing a drugs test.

UK Anti-Doping has today confirmed that the Wyberton athlete will be banned from participation in sport up to and including July 8 2015.

She had tested positive for the anabolic steroids testosterone and clenbuterol on 12 June 2011 and was provisionally suspended from all competition on 9 July 2011.

An independent National Anti-Doping Panel found that this case warranted the maximum sanction of a four-year ban. Ms Wilson appealed, and the Appeal panel confirmed the four-year ban.

In its decision, the first National Anti-Doping Panel found that Ms Wilson, tested positive for more than one prohibited substance, describing this as a ‘very bad case of doping’, and that ‘far from admitting her guilt... she sought to blame other people’, which led to her receiving the maximum four-year ban.

The Appeal Panel confirmed that the sanction applied by the first panel was the correct sanction in the circumstances and that Ms Wilson’s arguments were ‘entirely without merit’, directing her to pay UK Anti-Doping’s costs of the appeal.

The World Anti-Doping Code provides the basis for a ban to be increased beyond the standard two years, if there are ‘aggravating circumstances’.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “We have successfully argued for a four-year ban which demonstrates that UK Anti-Doping always seeks robust sanctions against athletes who look to cheat the system and betray those around them.

“This sends a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK and gives clean athletes the confidence that we are working hard on their behalf, within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code, to protect their right to compete in doping-free sport.”