LINCOLNSHIRE sprinter Bernice Wilson has been banned from sport for the maximum four years after her appeal against a failed drugs test was thrown out.
Wilson, who worked as a sports development officer for East Lindsey District Council and promoted physical activity in the Louth area, tested positive for banned steroids testosterone and clenbuterol.
She strongly denied the charge and launched an appeal which was turned down last Friday. The council confirmed Wilson is no longer one of their employees, but refused to comment further.
The National Anti-Doping Panel found that 27-year-old Wilson, an ‘experienced and senior athlete and role model’, tested positive for the two substances.
It said this was a ‘very bad case of doping’, and that ‘far from admitting her guilt... she (Wilson) sought to blame other people’, which led to her receiving the maximum four year ban.
The report also said Wilson’s arguments were ‘entirely without merit’, directing her to pay UK Anti-Doping’s costs of the appeal.
Wilson, of Wyberton, near Boston, said in a statement at the time that evidence was contaminated and a mistake had been made. She underwent the test after recording a time of 11.95 seconds in the 100m at the Bedford International Games on June 12.
UK Anti-Doping chief executive Andy Parkinson said: “We have successfully argued for a four year ban which demonstrates that UK Anti-Doping always seeks robust sanctions against athletes who look to cheat the system and betray those around them.
“This sends a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK and gives clean athletes the confidence that we are working hard on their behalf.”
Wilson declined to comment when approached.