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1 JOSH ROSS APPEALS 2 YEAR BAN on Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:24 pm



AUSTRALIA'S fastest man, Josh Ross, has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a two-year ban which would effectively end his career.

Athletics Australia hit six-time national champion and dual-Olympian Ross with the ban in November after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) reported him for missing three drug tests this year.

Ross on Thursday confirmed the ban which he said was the result of a misunderstanding between he and ASADA over his home address in Melbourne

"There's been some confusion about my address earlier this year and I want to get that cleared up as soon as possible,'' he said.

"I'm fiercely anti-drugs, so I don't want this in my career."

Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules on out of competition testing, three missed drug tests over an 18 month period is treated as a positive test.

Australia's Commonwealth Games javelin champion Jarrod Bannister received a 20-month ban under the rule earlier this year.

Ross, Australia's third fastest man ever over 100m, would not comment on the circumstances of his testing absences.

It is understood he will argue that one of his strikes earlier this year occurred because an ASADA tester could not find his Melbourne residence.

It is understood the address was registered with ASADA and several other testers had been able to locate the property, which he had lived at for more than a year.

Ross may also contest a second strike which is understood to have occurred after he only discovered he was required for a test hours before he was due to fly out for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, in August.

Ross has a personal best for the 100m of 10.08sec and has spoken in the past year of his belief he is capable of breaking the 10-second barrier.

At 32, a two-year ban, the harshest possible penalty under the code, would rule him out of athletics until late 2015. A hearing date for Ross' appeal is yet to be set.

Athletics Australia would not confirm Ross' ban on Thursday.

"As a signatory to the WADA code, it would be inappropriate to pre-empt any announcements from ASADA regarding any athlete findings or sanctions,'' an AA spokesman said.

"We are therefore simply not in a position to provide comment at this time but will do so at such time as ASADA publicly releases any findings relevant to athletics."

Ross can continue to compete while his appeal is pending. He withdrew from last weekend's Queanbeyan Gift and has also been pulled from Adelaide's Bay Sheffield on December 28.

He had been hoping to repeat last year's triumph from a scratch handicap in SA's most prestigious footrace.

SA Athletic League president Brendan Golden said the League supported Ross and hoped he was able to clear up the infringement.

ASADA was unable to be contacted for comment.

2 Re: JOSH ROSS APPEALS 2 YEAR BAN on Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:29 pm



Statement on Joshua Ross

Athletics Australia has issued the following statement regarding sprinter Joshua Ross.

“Athletics Australia can confirm that sprinter Joshua Ross has been served with an Infraction Notice from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) referring to an alleged Athlete Whereabouts Violation and that the athlete has asked that the matter be heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport as soon as practicable.

“In the normal course of events Athletics Australia would have refrained from making any public comment on this matter until the applicable hearing process had been exhausted by the athlete, but given Josh has chosen to confirm the matter publicly we felt it now appropriate in this case to confirm the status of the situation.

“Athletics Australia agrees that the matter should be heard as expeditiously as possible and will now make no further comment on this case until that has occurred.”

3 Re: JOSH ROSS APPEALS 2 YEAR BAN on Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:51 am


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What about the 3rd missed test?

Excuse pending.

4 Re: JOSH ROSS APPEALS 2 YEAR BAN on Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:07 am


So, if he's allowed to compete, and is innocent, why would he not compete?

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