Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson has been handed an 18 month drugs ban after testing positive for a banned stimulant it has been revealed.
The Olympic gold and silver medallist for 4x100m relay was declared negligent in all the circumstances by an anti doping panel which voted unanimously against the athlete.
The 29-year-old star tested positive for banned stimulant, oxilofrine and as a result will now be missing from all major athletics events until the very end of 2015.
As well as Simpson, Olympic discuss thrower Allison Randall has been suspended from competition for testing positive in a drugs test.
Randall currently boasts the Jamaican discus record with a throw of 61.21m but has now been found to have tested positive for a banned diuretic called hydro-chlorothiazide.
Both Simpson and Randall tested positive for the drugs at the same meet last summer on June 13, 2013.
The news will be unwelcome for the athletics world and particularly Jamaican fans as five Jamaican athletes have now tested positive for banned substances in quick succession.
Simpson is a training partner of Asafa Powell who has also been banned for testing positive for the same banned stimulant which has the potential to raise questions amongst the Jamaican athletics camp.
Powell will be informed of his trial verdict by a panel on Thursday this week to see if he too is to face a spell away from the sport.
Jamaica will now be without both Randall and Simpson for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
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