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Sports Court Upholds Sprinter Mullings Life Ban for Drugs

Former world champion sprinter Steve Mullings remains banned for life after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed his appeal.

The Jamaican was suspended for two years by his country’s anti-doping authority in 2004 after testing positive for the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone. In 2011, an in-competition test during the national senior championships in Jamaica found he’d taken furosemide, a banned diuretic. That led to a life ban that he appealed in December 2011.

Mullings argued that “there were problems with the 2004 positive test meaning that it should not be counted as a first sanction for a doping offense,” CAS said. Mullings further said that the 2011 tests were “unreliable and that the disciplinary proceedings were flawed.”

CAS today said that it had found that Mullings “had not presented any basis to challenge the testing procedure of the 2011 sample.” In addition, the Lausanne, Switzerland-based court “did not find that the circumstances surrounding the first offense did warrant a more lenient sanction.”

Mullings helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay gold alongside Olympic champion Usain Bolt at the 2009 world championships.

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh in London at drossingh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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