Jamaica's Christopher Taylor battling lengthy ban for evading drug test

JAAA President Garth Gayle
By Kayon Raynor 
Jamaican World Championships mile relay silver medallist Christopher Taylor is facing the fight of his life to avoid a four-year ban for the anti-doping rule violation of evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection.
Top placed TVJ Sports sources, who spoke on condition of not being named, indicate that Taylor, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) have been notified of a charge following months of investigation.
The charge follows an incident at Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica, which occurred in November 2022. 
The matter is being handled by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). 
The anti-doping rule violation of evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection carries a maximum sanction of up to four years, if Taylor is found guilty.
JAAA President Garth Gayle confirmed that the entity has been made aware of the violation, but said the matter is being addressed by Taylor's representatives.
"While we are not pleased, we have to allow the process to take its course," Gayle said.
Taylor, the 2022 NACAC 400M champion, has consistently been one of Jamaica's top quartermilers since his junior days.
The 23-year-old was the country's best performing quartermiler for the last two seasons with trips to the Tokyo Olympics and Oregon World Championships final, finishing sixth and seventh respectively.
He holds a career best of 44.63 seconds, established last August.

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