ATHLETICS: Wilson loses appeal against doping ban

Ban upheld: Bernice Wilson
Ban upheld: Bernice Wilson
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WYBERTON’S Team GB sprinter Bernice Wilson has failed in her appeal against a four-year suspension handed out after a positive drugs test in June 2011.

The 27-year-old, who tested positive for two anabolic steroids, broke into the British team last year and competed at the European Indoor Championships.

Wilson had blamed a contaminated sample for her positive test for banned steroids testosterone and clenbuterol.

UK Anti-Doping chief Andy Parkinson said: “This sends a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK.”

Wilson won the Commonwealth Games 100m trials in 2010 only to miss out on a place in the England squad due to not meeting the qualifying time

She issued a statement in July calling for UK Anti-Doping, who administer drug testing in the UK, to withdraw the case and open an internal investigation to determine the cause of the contamination.

However, an independent National Anti-Doping Panel upheld the European Indoor 60m semi-finalist’s four-year ban.

Parkinson added: “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.

“It 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.”

The ruling ends any hopes Wilson had of competing at the London Olympics this summer.