KINGSTON (JAM): TrackAlerts informs that World and Olympic sprint relay gold medalist Aleen Bailey, is the 2010 winner of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. The award caters to persons who have displayed a high level of integrity, national pride, dedication, decorum, humility and discipline, both on and off the field, among other things. They must also have previously represented Jamaica at the senior level. Bailey, who was pleasantly surprised by the decision, was presented with her award by Prime Minister Bruce Golding, at the award function held at the Jamaica Pegasus, on Wednesday night. She pocketed $500,000 together with the crystal trophy. Other nominees included Veronica Campbell-Brown, two-time Olympic 200m champion, Jomo Pitterson, International Master chess champion, and David Summerbell Jnr, international motor racing champion. Berlin World Championship 100-metre hurdles gold medalist Brigitte Foster-Hylton - last year’s winner, and Atlanta’s Olympic 400-metre hurdles Champion Deon Hemmings-McCatty in 2006, were previous winners.
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): USADA announced that former sprinter who was involved in agents business recently Ramon Clay has accepted a two-year period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation based on his use and possession of anabolic agents and hormones, and other substances during a period from 2000-2004. Clay’s two-year period of ineligibility began on November 9, 2009, the date USADA initiated formal proceedings against Clay. Additionally, Clay is disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to January 1, 2000, the date he first committed the anti-doping rule violations based on evidence currently in USADA’s possession, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. His personal bests 10.21 in 2003 and 20.05 in 2001 will be so cancelled. Best marks for Clay in period before 2000 are 10.31 and 20.06. Deleted will be his results at World Championships 2001 (quarterfinals participation in the 200 m) and mainly the fourth place in World Cup 2002 in Madrid. USA men will still remain in fourth overall place.
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