Minister of Sport Anil Roberts again called on the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) to explain why they lifted a provisional ban on Semoy Hackett and subsequently selected her for the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
An NAAA statement last Monday said both Hackett and fellow local sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste withdrew from the Championships due to “doping matters of varying degrees”.
Hackett tested positive for a banned substance in March last year, and was handed a retroactive six-month ban that ended in March. She competed at the London Olympics in July and reached the women’s 200 metres final.
However, she returned a positive test for the same substance at the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in Iowa, United States in July, which resulted in the provisional ban.
The NAAA disciplinary panel comprising president Ephraim Serrette, secretary Allan Baboolal, assistant secretary Dexter Voisin, sports lawyer Tyrone Marcus and sports doctor Anyl Gopeesingh lifted the provisional ban, clearing the way for Hackett to compete at this year’s National Championships, and thus making
her eligible for the World Championships after she qualified by finishing second in the 200 metres.
Although the IAAF appealed the NAAA ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the NAAA selected Hackett for the World Championships. Having been re-suspended by the Federation, Hackett withdrew from the competition this past weekend.
Roberts said he was awaiting a response from the NAAA on this issue.
“I still want to know why the NAAA selected Semoy Hackett, a situation that led to the embarassment of the country. I am all for talking about it and I am awaiting them to explain this situation, “Roberts said at his Ministry’s office on Abercromby Street yesterday.
Roberts also announced that a cabinet note had been submitted and he expected to make the announcements for the rewards for Jehue Gordon’s success at the post Cabinet meeting next Thursday.