BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Track & Field Coach of the Houston-based Elite Performance Club, Eric Francis, is serving notice of plans to sue the St Kitts Nevis National Olympic Committee (SKNOC) for its ejection of sprinter Tameka Williams from the London Olympics.
Williams, a member of the Elite Performance Camp, was sent home from the London Games on Saturday.
In a press statement, the NOC said Williams “volunteered information to the effect that she has been using a substance which the SKNOC considers to fall outside the internationally accepted medical code.”
The release added that all necessary bodies have been notified and “this matter will be concluded pending further investigations.”
On Sunday, Francis told WINN that he would move to the court over the actions of the SKNOC.
“We are now seeking legal proceedings with respect to her expulsion from the Olympic team and the libellous and derogatory comments by members of the SKAAA and SKNO indicating that Tameka is using performance enhancing drugs,” Francis told WINN on Sunday.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Williams has been sent home from the London Olympics by her team for a potential drug violation.
The Post quotes SKNOC Vice president Dennis Knight as saying that Williams had been using a substance which was “clearly outside the medical code.”
Knight told the Associated Press that “Williams had not tested positive, but the team acted after consulting with the World Anti-Doping Agency, ’to find out about the product.’”
He added that in discussions with the team management, Williams volunteered to them that she had been using a particular substance which, when management did its own investigations, was considered to be outside the accepted medical code.
Williams told team officials in a pre-Olympics training camp about using the substance. The team has not disclosed what the substance is.
“It was a matter of the management of the team doing their due diligence,” Knight told the Associated Press.
Twenty-two-year-old Williams had qualified for the 100 and 200 metres, and gave samples for anti-doping tests at national Olympic trials last month.
“It was not based on any positive drug test. She turned up a clean test,” Knight said.
Williams marched at the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday as the only woman in a seven-member team from St Kitts and Nevis.
Knight said team officials sought expert advice in London before acting.
“We wanted to consult with the anti-doping fraternity,” he said.
“We are a very tiny country with limited knowledge of these things,” The Washington Post reported. (WINN)