Olympian Tyra Gittens banned for unintentional doping lapse

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Olympian Tyra Gittens banned for unintentional doping lapse

Trinidad and Tobago long jump Olympian and 2021 Sportswoman of the Year, Tyra Gittens, had been ruled ineligible for six months by the Athletics Integrity Unit after an unintentional breach of doping rules.

She was ruled ineligible for six months on Monday over a doping violation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Gittens provided a sample that showed the presence of a prohibited substance: methylphenidate/ritalinic acid.

The 24-year-old blamed the presence of the substance on  medicine she takes for ADHD.

But at the time the samples were taken, Gittens had allowed her Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to expire.

The AIU ruled Gittens ineligible for six months from September 26, 2022. Any results in competition since June 26, 2022, also do not count.

The sanction also affected her results from June 26th 2022 onward.

The body set up by World Athletics said , “she was not advised that the TTO Sample was positive for methylphenidate, or that her TUE had expired for this purpose, until November 2022, after the sample collected from her at the World Championships on July 23, 2022.”

The he Athletics Integrity Unit said it accepts that the medication was used for legitimate medical reasons and the athlete did not intend to cheat.