Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Olympic Track and Field Medalist Implicated in a Steroid Hearing by USADA Olympic Track and Field Medalist Implicated in a Steroid Hearing by USADA

Another Olympian may be stripped off her Olympic medals in the latest development on the USADA’s investigation in the use of performance enhancing drugs in athletics. Beverly McDonald was implicated in the case of her husband Raymond Stewart, a former Jamaica Olympian. In the arbitration hearing held for her husband, evidences were presented that McDonald was also involved in the use of steroids. McDonald represented Jamaica in the 4×100 metres relay. Their team won the silver medal in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. The Olympian, who is now 40 years old, have not failed any steroid test during her career. Raymond Stewart who acted as her coach and trained other athletes was sanctioned by the anti-doping agency because of violations of many anti-doping rules. He was charged with violations of WADA policies specifically sections 2.7 and 2.8. Based on the Jamaica Gleaner report, the USADA ruled that Stewart violated several USADA and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in last month’s hearing in Dallas, Texas. The trainer was also banned for life. According to the Gleaner, WADA’s section 2.7 is about doping violation for trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method. Stewart also violated section 2.8 which states that a doping violation

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