Sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye’s fate hangs in the balance

by February 12th, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye may be able to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympics if an appeal filed by the TT Olympic committee is successful.

The commonwealth games gold-medallist received a two-year ban by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) on January 25 for “whereabouts failure” ­– a violation of its anti-doping rules – after missing three drug tests over a 12-month period.

She missed tests on June 23, 2018, February 23, 2019 and April 19, 2019.

She claimed she was unable to hear knocks on her door and the ringing of her apartment’s doorbell for the final test which led to her penalization.

But the TTOC has now filed an appeal against the decision at the court of arbitration for sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

TTOC attorney Dave Williams says that after being informed of the IAAF’s decision, the TTOC had 30 days to challenge it.

The committee now has 15 days to submit its arguments against the decision.