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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
WADA appeals to world court over decision on U.S. sprinter


LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a decision by U.S. officials that cleared American sprinter LaTasha Jenkins of doping.

WADA director general David Howman told reporters on Wednesday the organization was also considering an appeal in the case of New Zealand yachtsman Simon Daubney, who tested positive for cocaine during Team Alinghi's successful defense of the America's Cup.

"We just appealed against the Jenkins decision," Howman said. "She was exonerated on grounds that, once we looked at it, we considered not sustainable."

Jenkins, a silver medalist in the 200 meters at the 2001 world championships and world indoor championships, tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at a meeting in Belgium in July 2006.

The charges against her were dismissed last December by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which cited irregularities in the testing procedure.

Jenkins' representatives argued that the testing laboratories had violated a WADA standard requiring that tests be carried out by different technicians.

Daubney became the first sailor in America's Cup history to fail a doping test after providing a sample containing two metabolites of cocaine on the opening day of the 2007 competition.

The yachtsman subsequently resigned from his Swiss team but had his suspension lifted last month by the International Yachting Federation.

The federation said it had based its decision on a ruling by the Swiss Olympic Association, which ruled Daubney had not violated any anti-doping rules.

"We are looking at the Daubney case very closely because he was fully exonerated for an adverse finding," Howman said. "We have not yet received the full reasons, which is why we have yet to make a final decision, but the first review causes us concern."