British sprinter Bernice Wilson, provisionally suspended from competition last week after a failed drugs test, has hit back claiming her innocence.
The 27-year-old works for East Lindsey District Council as a sports development officer, and was suspended on Friday July 22 after the failed test in June. Tests found the banned anabolic steroids testosterone and clunbuterol in her sample. But she has spoken out via a statement, where she claims the urine sample she gave was contaminated.
The statement said: “Bernice Wilson’s representatives have today announced that new evidence of the case prove her complete innocence.
“The new evidence suggests that the testing procedures by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) were not kept under the official rules of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
“The so far investigation by Bernice’s representatives has shown that the incomplete and insufficient way that this testing procedure was carried was allowing the urine sample to be contaminated.
“The UKAD now has the opportunity to respond to the charges against them, including the right of the withdrawal of the case and the opening of an internal investigation to identify the party/ies responsible.
“Bernice Wilson expresses her disappointment on how such a serious mistake can occur and her disbelief on the way that UKA handled her case.”
Wilson will now contest the charge via a hearing in a bid to clear her name, if found guilty she could face a two year suspension and a lifetime ban from the Olympic games.