WADA appeals to world court over decision on U.S. sprinter


LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The World
Anti-Doping Agency has appealed to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport over a decision by U.S. officials that
cleared American sprinter LaTasha Jenkins of doping.

WADA director general David Howman told reporters on
Wednesday the organization was also considering an appeal in the
case of New Zealand yachtsman Simon Daubney, who tested positive
for cocaine during Team Alinghi's successful defense of the
America's Cup.

"We just appealed against the Jenkins decision," Howman
said. "She was exonerated on grounds that, once we looked at it,
we considered not sustainable."

Jenkins, a silver medalist in the 200 meters at the 2001 world
championships and world indoor championships, tested positive
for the steroid nandrolone at a meeting in Belgium in July 2006.

The charges against her were dismissed last December by the
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which cited irregularities in the
testing procedure.

Jenkins' representatives argued that the testing
laboratories had violated a WADA standard requiring that tests
be carried out by different technicians.

Daubney became the first sailor in America's Cup history to
fail a doping test after providing a sample containing two
metabolites of cocaine on the opening day of the 2007

The yachtsman subsequently resigned from his Swiss team but
had his suspension lifted last month by the International
Yachting Federation.

The federation said it had based its decision on a ruling by
the Swiss Olympic Association, which ruled Daubney had not violated any anti-doping rules.

"We are looking at the Daubney case very closely because he
was fully exonerated for an adverse finding," Howman said.
"We have not yet received the full reasons, which is why we
have yet to make a final decision, but the first review causes
us concern."