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Court Of Arbitration Rubber Stamped Grenadian Bralon Taplin’s Four Years Ban

Even with all arguments and counter-arguments employed by the Grenadian 300m national record holder, Bralon Taplin, to up turn his earlier four years ban; the Court Of Arbitration ( CAS) has refused to grant his request.

The 28-year-old, fifth on the World 400m Indoor all-time list (44.88a) was sanctioned by the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization in November for avoiding a drugs test.

It followed an incident at the Grenada Invitational Athletics Competition on April 13 of last year, when Taplin won the 400 metres.

Allenyne Francique’s tutored athlete and St George born, Taplin, was reportedly left the stadium without completing doping control, despite being informed that he was to undergo a drugs test.

Taplin, who finished seventh over 400m in the Rio 2016 Olympic final, is said to have left Grenada the following day, taking “an early flight home”.

In his appeal to CAS, he argued that he should be made immediately eligible to compete on the grounds that he had not been properly notified that he had been selected for the doping control test. 

However, CAS described the claim that “he was never approached, followed or accompanied by anyone from the Grenada NADO” as “implausible”.

Taplin’s ban began on September 25 2019, when he was provisionally suspended.

“Considering all of the evidence accepted in this procedure, the sole arbitrator was comfortably satisfied that the athlete was guilty of the offence of evading sample collection,” CAS said.

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