ATHLETICS: Olympic hopeful Wilson to contest doping ban

Protest: Bernice Wilson
Protest: Bernice Wilson
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LONDON 2012 Olympic hopeful Bernice Wilson is to contest the decision to suspend her from all competitions after her failed drugs test.

Wyberton sprinter Wilson has stated that she is ‘innocent’ and a urine sample she gave was ‘contaminated’.

She was provisionally suspended from all competition last Friday after a sample given at the Bedford International Games on June 12 was alleged to show she had anabolic steroid testosterone and clunbuterol in her system.

A statement from Wilson’s camp states: “Bernice Wilson’s representatives have today announced that new evidence of the case prove her complete innocence.

“The new evidence suggests that the testing procedures by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) were not kept under the official rules of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

“The so far investigation by Bernice’s representatives has shown that the incomplete and insufficient way that this testing procedure was carried was allowing the urine sample to be contaminated.

“The UKAD now has the opportunity to respond to the charges against them, including the right of the withdrawal of the case and the opening of an internal investigation to identify the party/ies responsible.

“Bernice Wilson expresses her disappointment on how such a serious mistake can occur and her disbelief on the way that UKA handled her case.”

UK Anti-Doping is an independent body responsible for all anti-doping programmes and the management of violations and disciplinary issues in the UK. UK Anti-Doping is fully supported by the rules of the IAAF and UKA.

Testosterone can be a performance-enhancing drug, while clenbuterol is regularly used as a slimming aid and can also be used to treat asthma.