Michelle-Lee Ahye gets suspension
Michelle-Lee Ahye gets suspension

PARIS, France – Trinidad and Tobago’s sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye has been banned for two years from track and field. Her punishment is for “Whereabouts Failures”, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced Tuesday, 14 January.

“The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Trinidadian sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye for two-years for Whereabouts Failures with effect from 19 April 2019,” said a statement from Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Ahye was reported for missing three tests during a twelve-month period. The first was on the 23 June 2018; the second on the 23 February 2019; and third, which was the particular focus of this hearing, occurred on 19 April 2019.

Ahye, who was a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s Beijing 2015 World Championships 4x100m bronze team, won silver in the women’s 100m at the Pan American Games in Lima Peru on 7 August 2019.

The AIU said: “The Athlete’s results from 19 April 2019 until the date of the provisional suspension on 30 August 2019 shall be disqualified with all resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.”

Ahye, however, can appeal the decision within 30 days from the date of receipt of the decision by the appealing party.

She won Trinidad and Tobago’s first-ever female track and field gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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