Livermore : Sexual enhancer was for a 'life-threatening problem'
National sprinter Jason Livermore yesterday admitted to taking substances related to fertility and sexual enhancement when he appeared before the Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel of Kent Gammon, Dr Marjorie Vassell, and Heron Dale to answer charges of adverse analytical finding following a doping test on December 22, last year.
Livermore tested positive for metabolites of clomiphene and mesterolone. Clomiphene is described as a fertility treatment for women as well as to treat low testosterone in men.
Mesterolone is described as an anabolic steroid often used by bodybuilders to increase libido and is also known as an estrogen blocker, which helps to suppress the production of estrogen in the body.
Clomiphene, which also goes by the name Clomid, is the same drug for which netballer Simone Forbes had tested positive before the 2011 World Netball Championships. The drug is on the World Anti-doping Agency's banned-substances list because it acts as a masking agent.
WANTING A FAMILY
Livermore yesterday told the hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston that he was concerned about his ability to have a family during and after his track and field career.
"I'm not a cheat," the 29-year-old said when asked by his representative, Lorenzo Sandford, about his reaction on learning that he had returned an adverse analytical finding.
The athlete said he started using the medication as treatment for a "life-threatening problem" on November 29, last year. He said when he was approached for testing by JADCo representatives on December 22, he told them he was taking medication and also declared in writing what he was taking.
The athlete said he acted on the advice of his doctor and failed to get a Therapeutic Use Exemption form, which the IAAF ascribes for athletes who use substances to treat certain medical conditions.
Livermore said his doctor, Xavier Dowe, told him there should be no problem in using the drugs and that, if there was, he would provide a letter to JADCo, stating that the substances he was taking was for a medical condition.
The athlete also said he was not aware of any kind of sensitisation sessions provided to his Akan Track Club and its members by the JADCo.