CAS strips three T&T cyclists of Olympic medals

Trinidad and Tobago's Njisane Phillip celebrates a gold win.
REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has confirmed the disqualification of the results achieved by Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Njisan Phillip during the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, including the forfeiture and return of the gold medal won in the Men’s Team Spirit and the silver medal won in the Men’s Individual.

CAS also endorsed that the other team members of Team Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) sprint — Nicholas Paul and Keron Bramble — were also to return their gold medals.

In a release, Panam Sports said it will continue its efforts in the fight against any kind of doping in sport. The organization “welcomes the response of Mr. Nisjane Phillip with regard to the award, in which he asserts that in spite of the offense, he condemns all kinds of doping in sport.”

Panam Sports also stated that the prohibited substance found in the sample provided by Phillip is not considered a performance enhancing substance and that the organization believes that “regardless of the award by CAS that confirmed the decision of the Panam Sports Ad Hoc Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Phillip had no intention of cheating or having an unfair advantage over his competitors.”

“Panam Sports believes that Mr. Phillips is an honest athlete that made a mistake and that he is committed to learning from the experience,” the organization said in a release.

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