03 APR 2006 General News

Doping Rule Violation

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been informed by Athletics South Africa (ASA) that the male athlete, Brent HOWELL, has been found guilty of the following doping violation under IAAF Rules:

Presence of the prohibited substance Cannabis (S8. Cannabinoids) in his doping control sample (IAAF Rule 32.2a)

This doping violation relates to a sample collected in-competition on 17.02.06

In conformity with the IAAF Rules, the ASA has imposed the following sanction for a first violation:

• Public Warning
• Disqualification of all results from where the sample was collected

This information has been added to the 2006 List of Anti-doping Rule Violations which can be found on the IAAF website in the anti-doping statistics section.
 
Note: Under the IAAF Rules, athletes sanctioned for a doping violation have the right to appeal this decision to the relevant appeals body.

“The IAAF is committed to protecting the sport of athletics from the threat of doping.  Each year the IAAF spends more than 2.5 million dollars on this ongoing battle and coordinates approximately 3,000 doping controls.  All IAAF out-of-competition tests are conducted on a strictly no-advance-notice basis.