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BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica competes in the Women's 400 metres hurdles heats during day two of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kaliese Spencer

Jamaican 400m hurdler, Kaliese Spencer has labeled allegations that she refused or evaded being drug tested as “false” and “baseless” and promises to fight to clear her name.

On Tuesday, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) in a release, said they were advised of Anti Doping violations by Spencer and Riker Hylton by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).

“Both athletes are alleged to have violated article 2.3 of the said rules which speaks to “Evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection,” the JAAA release started.

However, in a release on Wednesday, Spencer’s management team, “categorically refutes any assertion that she has refused or evaded a drug test.”

“This allegation is simply false, as Ms Spencer has always made herself available to be tested by JADCO. Ms. Spencer’s Management and Legal teams view this alleged violation as entirely baseless and intends to pursue all legal channels necessary to protect her good name and her reputation as a true ambassador of Jamaica,” the release stated.

The Management Team of Spencer, the Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion, said it was recently notified by JADCO of an alleged violation of JADCO’s anti-doping rules.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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