Sprinter Natasha Mayers suspended for 2 years

St. Vincent sprinter Natasha Mayers has been slapped with a two-year suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, an official said.

The 24-year-old from St. Vincent in the Caribbean tested positive for testosterone revelaed Keith Joseph, president of the St. Vincent Team Athletics Association.

According to Joseph, Mayers was examined at her Los Angeles home April 21.

The International Association of Athletic Federations, track and field's governing body, told the St. Vincent association of the results, which passed them on to Mayers.

Mayers, the 2004 St. Vincent Sports Personality of the Year, had until June 6 to request a new examination, but she waived her rights to another test.

The St. Vincent association suspended her until June 6, 2007. Joseph said the IAAF would rule on her case shortly.

Ranked as one of the world's ten top women sprinters last year, Mayers qualified for the quarter-finals in the 100-metre sprint at the 2004 Athens Games, but a hamstring injury prevented her from competing.

with files from Associated Press