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James-Rose describes 2 year ban as 'unfortunate'

World Championship mile relay silver medallist Tiffany James-Rose has described her 2-year ban, which was caused by a whereabouts failure as ‘unfortunate’. 

"A very unfortunate situation, but it’s what it is and the rules are the rules,” the quarter-miler told Radio Jamaica Sports exclusively Tuesday afternoon.

She added, “My Adam whereabouts was not updated in a timely manner, which caused me not to be available when testers needed me. This all happened in a time when I had to be making emergency trips to neighboring states for personal health reasons and unfortunately both times my portal was not updated on time and I had one miss test prior to this last incident."

Quizzed as to whether she intended to appeal as the ban, which will rule her out of the Paris Olympics and next summer’s World Championships in Tokyo, Japan James-Rose said. “No, I won’t be & as it relates to returning to competitive track & field after my ban, I’m still not sure, but time will tell.”

The former world Under-20 400m champion reasoned that she will be focusing on her family. “I just gave birth to my son in December and I’m focusing on motherhood & spending quality time with my family."

The Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, on Tuesday revealed that James-Rose has been slapped with a 2 year ban for an anti-doping rule violation. 

She was listed among 22 athletes, who were handed suspensions in the month of March. The list of those banned included five Nigerians, four Kenyans and Indians as well as two Ethiopians.

 



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