T&T female Olympian banned for two years

Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, wrapped in her national flag, celebrates after winning the silver medal in the women’s 100m final during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
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Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Michelle-Lee Ahye has been banned for two years by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for “whereabouts failures” — and not for an anti-doping violation.

The track star missed three drug tests on June 23, 2018; Feb. 23, 2019; and April 19, 2019.

Ayhe’s period of ineligibility started on the date of her last missed test and will end on April, 18, 2023.

She will not be part of T&T’s Team line-up at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Additionally, the AIU ruling declared that the 27-year-old sprinter’s results between April 19 and August 30 have been scrapped.

The biggest loss for Ayhe is the Pan American Games women’s 100 meters silver medal.

On Aug. 7, in Lima, Peru, the Trinidadian athlete finished second in the l00meter final behind Jamaica’s reigning Olympic champion Elain Thompson and ahead of Barbadian Victoria Cristina Rossa.

T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis said any combination of three missed tests of filing failures within 12 months is considered a violation of anti-doping rule which carriers an automatic ban for two years.

Ayhee had been provisionally suspended last Aug. 30, a ruling that saw her already miss last year’s World Championships in Doha.

She is T&T’s most successful female Olympian, having earned the distinction at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

The Texas-based athlete finished sixth in the 100m and 200m finals. She was the Olympic sprint finalist and 100m Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

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