Saturday, December 16, 2017

No word yet on Hackett's positive test

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) still has not contacted the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) concerning Semoy Hackett's positive test for the banned stimulant, Methylhexaneamine, at the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in Iowa, USA.

NAAA secretary Alan Baboolal said the IAAF still has nothing recorded in the case between LSU and the NCAA.

Last month, Baboolal had contacted the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and was told by Thomas Capdevielle, a member of the Medical & Anti-Doping Department, that the IAAF has nothing recorded in the case between LSU and the NCAA. Baboolal had stated that he was told by Capdevielle that the organisation would investigate and respond to the NAAA.

"The situation remains the same," he told the Express yesterday, "and the IAAF have not contacted us to date."

It was the second time Hackett had tested positive for that stimulant. On August 13, 2011, Hackett tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, at the National Track and Field Championships, held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. She served a six-month ban, from September 16, 2011 to March 16, 2012.

All Hackett's performances, from the day of her positive test, August 13, to the end of her ban, were struck from the records.

The 24-year-old Hackett shrugged off that setback to enjoy a successful 2012 season. The high point came at the Olympic Games, in London, England, where she reached the women's 200 metres final, finishing eighth in the championship race.

At the NCAA Championships, Hackett bagged bronze in the 100m, finished fifth in the 200m, and helped LSU to gold in the 4x100m relay. All three results have been voided.