31st January 2015

CAS clears Kelly-Ann Baptiste to compete

Trinidad & Tobago’s National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Thursday that 100m sprinter, Kelly-Ann Baptiste (pictured, centre), can resume competition. Baptiste was banned for two years after testing positive for an unnamed Prohibited Substance at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow.

In August 2014, the NAAA lifted Baptiste’s ban, arguing that her case was similar to that of Tyson Gay, whose one-year ban was reduced after he provided ‘substantial assistance’ to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in its investigation into Jon Drummond, a former Olympic gold medalist who coached both athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) did not appeal USADA’s decision in Gay’s case, however the IAAF did not accept the NAAA’s decision, and appealed to the CAS. Both Gay and Baptiste provided information to USADA that assisted with the eight-year ban it implemented on Drummond in December 2014.

‘The NAAA can confirm that the Kelly-Ann Baptiste case has been resolved’, read the NAAA statement, according to local media. ‘Further to the confidentiality provisions applicable to the proceedings, the award of the CAS will not be made public. However, the NAAA can confirm that Baptiste is free to return to competition with immediate effect.’

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