Amateur MMA Athlete Handed 4 Year Doping Ban

The International Mixed Martial Arts Association announced a 4 year ban handed to an athlete for an anti-doping violation.

In a press release published yesterday the IMMAF reports as follows:

An independent tribunal appointed by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has found that Ms Jamie Herrington from Canada, (Gold Medallist in the 145lb division), committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation at the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas. As result, a period of 4 years’ ineligibility has been imposed upon the athlete.

A World-Anti Doping Agency accredited lab found amphetamine in an in-competition sample taken from Herrington.  The B sample confirmed the results.

In issuing a 4 year ban Arbitrator Max Shephard provided the following reasons:

27. If it is found that a doping violation occurred the following rules deal with sanction. The relevant article for a non specified substance is 10.2.1 which states: The period of Ineligibility shall be four years where: 10.2.1.1 The anti-doping rule violation does not involve a Specified Substance, unless the Athlete or other Person can establish that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional.

58. As I find there are no applicable reductions in this case, the period of ineligibility is one of 4 years with that period commencing on the date of provisional suspension, namely 3rd September 2015.

59. In addition to the period of ineligibility, and as a consequence of my findings, Ms Herrington’s results will be disqualified in the IMMAF World Championships 2015 with all resulting consequences. In this instance this will result in forfeiture of Ms Herrington’s gold medal, disqualification of her results, and subsequent revision of medals in that category.

60. The athlete has a right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of this decision

The full reasons can be found here – herrington-immaf-decision

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