The 2016 triple NCAA Champion (100m, 200m and long jump) and 2017 long jump World Athletics Silver Medalist Jarrion Lawson who was earlier banned for a positive doping test caused by eating beef containing steroids has had his ban overturned by Court Of Arbitration which was confirmed earlier today.
The 25 years old 6ft 2 could now return to competition after 20 months absent on the circuit . Lawson was unanimously cleared by three judges of any fault for the positive test, the court said. The judging panel included Richard McLaren, who led investigations into the Russian doping program. The reason traces of an anabolic steroids were found in a June 2018 sample was “more likely than not that the origin of the prohibited substance was contaminated beef consumed in a restaurant the day before the test,” the court said.
Lawson was able to prove he ordered a beef bowl at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas on June 2, 2018. The steroid, trenbolone, can be used in the United States to promote the growth of beef cattle. It is banned in farming in the European Union.
Trenbolone formed part of a steroid mixture, known as the “Duchess” cocktail, developed in Russia and used by its athletes ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 25-year-old Lawson last competed in July 2018 at a Diamond League event in London. He placed fourth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.