Athletics: Devonish Acts Swiftly to Deny Doping Reports
Rowbottom, Mike, The Independent (London, England)
MARLON DEVONISH, Britain's former European 200 metres champion, yesterday underlined the fact that he had been cleared of any doping offence at both national and international level following newspaper reports that he had tested adversely for nandrolone last summer.
In a statement issued through his manager, Mike Whittingham, Devonish said: "I have never taken any banned substance and therefore I have never committed an offence." An International Amateur Athletic Federation official confirmed yesterday that, unlike the cases of other Britons such as Linford Christie, Gary Cadogan and Doug Walker, whose clearance of nandrolone charges domestically has been questioned by the international body, Devonish's test was not in the same category.
"We knew about this case, and we are happy that Devonish was innocent," an IAAF spokesman said. "We do not have a file on him, because his case would not have stood up in our arbitration process, which has the status of a court of law. His reading was only fractionally above the recommended minimum for male athletes of two nanograms per millilitre."
Devonish was a member of Britain's sprint relay team which finished second in last summer's World Championships in Seville, and is a training partner of Mark Richardson, whose planned preliminary hearing following an adverse nandrolone finding has been adjourned from this Friday in order for his legal advisers to gather more information.
Following the IAAF Council's decision to adopt a British proposal of scientifically investigating the metabolic effects of sports supplements on athletes - which has been advanced as the possible cause of the recent spate of nandrolone positives - the UK Athletics chief executive, Dave Moorcroft, has been discussing the way forward with Federation officials. …