Ronald Levy (31-Jamaica), who won bronze in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, has been suspended for an anti-doping rule violation.
“I have been informed by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Agency that I have tested positive for an ‘out-of-competition’ doping control,” Levy posted on social media on Thursday (4 April), adding: “I have not knowingly broken any rules. I am awaiting the results of my B sample.”
It is not known what banned substance was detected in Levy’s urine A sample.
If the B sample also tests positive, Levy’s “period of ineligibility” will be confirmed.
Levy finished third in the men’s 1100 metres hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics in 13.10 seconds.
He will not be stripped of his Olympic bronze medal if his suspension is confirmed, as the period of suspicion for the banned substance was after the Tokyo Games.
Kenyan marathoner Michael Njenga Kunyuga, 36, was handed a severe punishment of an eight-year ban for taking norandrosterone, a type of anabolic steroid, and failing a doping test.
“Cunuga committed a serious anti-doping rule violation,” said the Athlete Ethics Unit (AIU), an independent body of World Athletics, “with the start date of the suspension retroactive to 1 August 2022.”
Kinyuga is a marathon runner with a personal best of 2:06:43. The eight-year ban effectively ends his career.
“About 70 athletes have been punished for doping violations in Kenya in the past five years,” AFP reported. 토토사이트