Fraser reprimanded


KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 12 – Stephen Francis, the Jamaican coach of suspended Olympic and world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, was Thursday reprimanded by the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association for the embarrassment caused by the case."Further to the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Associations sanctioning of athlete Shelly Ann Fraser (with a six (6) month suspension) for the use of the banned substance Oxycodone, the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association met with her coach, Mr. Vincent Francis.

"Following discussions out of this meeting as well as his written statement in which Mr. Francis apologized for his dereliction in the case and acknowledged the embarrassment he caused to the JAAA et al, Mr. Vincent Stephen Francis has been issued a strong reprimand by the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association and has been cautioned that any recurrence will lead to stronger sanctions," the JAAA said.

"In order to preserve the integrity of Jamaicas Track and Field Athletics, the JAAA is appealing to all coaches and other athlete support personnel that this should be a lesson to all who have the responsibility to guide our athletes."

Fraser, 23, tested positive for Oxycodone, an opioid analgesic, following the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai in May.

She said she took the painkiller after suffering from toothache.

Fraser can return to competition from January 7.