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Boxing Board Chairman Dr Smith: No report for WADA or WBA
Former WBA Flyweight champion Ria Ramnarine will not be able to contest a World Boxing Association (WBA) event for the rest of her career as a result of the T&T Boxing Board of Control’s refusal to send its report on her to either the Association or the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). Ramnarine was banned for nine months, effective April 24, 2010, by the TTBBC on Tuesday because of the norandrostenedione (a precursor of the anabolic steroid nandrolone) found in her system three days after her fight with Japan’s Estuko Tada in Chaguanas in April. In her defence, the 32-year-old’s doctor Jacob Hadeed told the Board at a hearing on December 31, 2010 that he had provided her with medication to control her menstrual cycle, not for performance enhancement.
In April, on learning that Ramnarine had refused to take the mandatory WADA drug test immediately after the fight, the WBA stripped her of her World Flyweight title and rating and suspended her for six months. She later wrote to the Association, explaining the circumstances that led to her not taking the test but did not get a response.
In June WBA assistant director George Martinez said that as soon as a report on the drug testing was made available, the WBA would make a deliberation and impose sanctions if necessary. When contacted yesterday local representatives of both the WBA and WADA said they were awaiting the TTBBC’s report.
However, Board Chairman Dr Kenneth Smith said that he would not be sending any information to either organisation.
“We don’t have any obligation to tell them anything and there is no reason to let them know. It is the TTBBC’s responsibility to guard our boxers and do what is best for them. We are the local authority in control of boxing in T&T and we don’t have to answer to anybody. They do their stuff. We do our stuff.” Regarding Ramnarine’s future international career, Smith said that she would be able to fight under the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation.
He also contradicted Ramnarine’s lawyer Faris Al Wari, who stated on Thursday that Ramnarine’s nine-month ban was the result of her not having taken the test on the night of the fight. According to Smith, the board excused Ramnarine on that issue but reprimanded her for her “contributory negligence” that led to her sample showing positive signs of anabolic steroids. “What we found in her system was contrary to what should have been. It was not a deliberate attempt to enhance her performance but her doctor (Jacob Hadeed) told her that it was to advance her menstrual cycle. Once she has prohibitive substances in her system though, we must find her guilty.”
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