TRINIDAD AND Tobago’s female sprinter Semoy Hackett will be back on the track from May 1 next year (2015) after serving a two year and four-month ban from the International Association of Athletic Administration (IAAF) in February.
The Louisiana State University athlete was slapped with the ban following two positive tests for the stimulant methylhexaneamine in 2012 and a year later in 2013.
The first positive test came at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) Division 1 Championship and was followed by another during the Sagicor National Track and Field Championship at the Hasely Crawford Stadium a few months later.
A release from the local governing body for athletics- the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA) yesterday states that a settlement was reached among the lawyers of the IAAF and Hackett, in consultation with the legal counsel of the NAAA in February.
The release stated that as a result of a confidentiality provision that details of the agreement among the parties were not released and will not be released.
However the NAAAs added that because of ongoing queries and in light of the public interest that it would release the key details of the settlement- which indicate that Hackett’s ban was for two years and four months, ending on April 30. This means that the stocky sprinter will be allowed back on the tracks from May 1.
Meanwhile the local governing body which is headed by ex-national runner Ephraim Serrette did not make mention of actions taken, if any, to another female TT sprinter Kelly Ann Baptiste.