Kaliese Spencer's anti-doping case set for May 15

Kaliese Spencer (C), the reigning Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion, sits next to her attorney Paul Greene (L) and her manager Marvin Anderson, as she attends a meeting with a panel overseeing her anti-doping case in Kingston, Jamaica, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Reigning Commonwealth Games 400 metres hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer's anti-doping hearing will begin May 15 in Jamaica, the panel overseeing the case said on Wednesday. Spencer, who has denied the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission's claims that she refused or evaded a drug test, will also learn sometime over the next week whether her request to have the provisional ban lifted is granted. Her hearing will be conducted before Jamaica's Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. The maximum penalty is a four-year suspension. Jamaica's Spencer won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was also a world championship silver medallist in the 4x400m relay in Berlin in 2009. (Reporting by Kayon Raynor; Editing by Frank Pingue)