Cayman sprinter Cydonie Mothersill’s husband Ato Stephens has been given a two-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs by the athletics world governing body, the IAAF.
Stephens, who competes under the name Ato Modibo, used to run for Trinidad. He was one of seven international athletes banned for doping violations, recently announced by the IAAF.
Stephens tested positive for three banned substances; Tamoxifen, Oxandrolone and Stanozolol, at the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico in May.
This was the reason Stephens was overlooked by the Trinidad authorities for the Central American and Caribbean Championships, which took place in Cuba in July and the World Championships in Berlin last month.
A former national men’s 400 metre champion, Stephens will now be prohibited from participating in any local or international competitions, including next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Stephens, 30, has represented T&T at the Olympic Games and World Championships in the men’s 400m and 4x400m relay. He has also represented T&T at several CAC Championships, claiming three individual silver medals and two relay medals (silver and bronze) in the 4x400m.
Cydonie said by email that she would issue a statement soon.
Donald McLean, president of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committe, said: ‘We are sad and disheartened by this news. We can only hope that it doesn’t have ramifications on Cydonie.
‘I’ve known her for many years and never had any doubt over her being drug free. But it does cast a bit of a shadow. We can only hope that she is clean.’