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Treymane Smartt suspended for anti-doping violation

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November 18, 2011

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West Indies batsman Tremayne Smartt made 62, Netherlands Women v West Indies Women, ICC Women's Cricket Twenty20 Challenge, Potchefstroom, October 16, 2010
Tremayne Smartt has been suspended for five months © International Cricket Council
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West Indies women's cricketer Tremayne Smartt has been suspended by the ICC from all cricket and cricket-related activities for five months after being found guilty of violating an anti-doping rule. An independent anti-doping tribunal comprising Tim Kerr QC (acting as chairman), Dr Anik Sax and Prof. Peter Sever took the decision at a hearing in London on Friday based on written and oral legal submissions as well as testimony from Smartt, who plead guilty.

Smartt has played 15 ODIs and 12 Twenty20 internationals for West Indies.

A random urine sample collected in September this year, which was tested at a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), was found to contain a prohibited substance called Furosemide. The tribunal accepted that the substance wasn't used to enhance performance or mask the use of another performance-enhancing drug, "but that she had failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility implicit upon her as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules."

"Smartt, 26, provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's random in-competition testing programme after the conclusion of a Twenty20 International between West Indies and Pakistan, held in Georgetown, Guyana on September 11," an ICC release said. Her sample was found to contain Furosemide, classified as a 'Specified Substance' under WADA's Prohibited List.

Smartt, according to the release, had taken the substance to treat a swelling in her knee. She was found guilty of violating Article 2.1 of the ICC's Anti-Doping code and stands suspended until March 25 next year. She has three weeks to appeal against the decision should she wish to.

In a statement, Smartt conceded she did not effectively check the Prohibited List and would have to accept the consequences.

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Posted by FairGameFan on (November 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

johnathonjosephs the ICC members are now signatories to WADA's anti-doping treaty, therefore the ICC has a responsibility to act within WADA's guidelines. These are the same rules professional athletes are governed by. That lists includes not only performance enhancing substances, but masking and illegal substances(marijuana, cocaine, etc.) Cricket has now joined the fight against drug cheats and I has a long way to go.

Posted by NBRADEE on (November 19, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

Along with some other diuretics, furosemide is also included on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned drug list due to its alleged use as a masking agent for other drugs.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

Diuretics can be used to mask other drugs by "washing them out" of the system but also can cause electrolyte disturbances and dehydration. Loss of Potassium can cause cardiac and other medical consequences in a healthy person.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 19, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

You serious? Its a diuretic.... ICC need to get their drug enforcement correct. If it is not masking another drug or enhancing the player, there is no need for bans. Similar thing happened to Tharanga last time who took his prescribed medicine for his ashtma and got banned for a couple of months

Posted by FairGameFan on (November 19, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

Diuretics are use to masked/flush the body of performance enhancing substances. Therefore she is correctly suspended as was Shane Warne.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Diuretics can be used to mask other drugs, hence it's on the list of banned drugs... Remember Shane Warne?

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Furosemide? Really they're banning someone for a water pill...a diuretic? Exercise some judgment man!!!

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