Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste withdrew from the World Championships due to a “doping matter”, her national athletics federation has confirmed.
Two years ago the 26-year-old won 100 metres bronze at the last World Championships in Daegu and had again been expected to challenge for a podium spot in Moscow.
T&T team manager Dexter Voisin confirmed her voluntary withdrawal from the team on Saturday, but only today has the National Association of Athletics Administrations officially confirmed the reasons behind Baptiste and fellow sprinter Semoy Hackett’s absence.
“The National Association of Athletics Administrations wishes to confirm the withdrawal of athletes Ms Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Ms Semoy Hackett from participation in the 2013 edition of the IAAF World Championships being held in Moscow, Russia,” said NAAA president Ephraim Serrette in a statement issued to the Trinidad Express. A copy of the statement has been seen by Press Association Sport.
“The absence of both athletes is related to doping matters of varying degrees and complexity,” the statement continued.
“In the case of Ms Baptiste this association was notified on Thursday August 8 by the IAAF and the results management process is currently under way and as a result, any further comment at this stage would be premature and inappropriate.
“In the case of Ms Hackett, the IAAF has appealed the recent decision of the NAAA’s disciplinary panel to exonerate Ms Hackett and has also re-suspended her pending the appeal which is to be heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
“The NAAA takes this opportunity to reinforce its commitment to drug-free sport and is confident that the legal process regarding both athletes will take its due course.”
The sport has been thrown into turmoil recently by news that Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown had all failed drugs tests, along with a number of Russian and Turkish athletes.
Athletics’ world governing body, the IAAF, confirmed before the championships that it will hand four-year bans to those caught doping from 2015.