ANOTHER JAMAICAN ATHLETE BANNED FOR DOPING VIOLATIONS

Written by on February 1, 2017

Another Jamaican athlete has been banned for a doping violation.

Yesterday, Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Andre Russell, was banned from the sport for 12 months by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.

Russell received the ban for breaching anti-doping regulations by not filing his whereabouts when called for testing between January and September 2015 – which is regarded as a failed test.

Last March, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission charged Russell for missing 3 drugs tests and not filing his whereabouts despite several reminders through calls, e-mails and written letters.

He originally faced up to a 2-year ban, but because the panel ruled that he had not displayed a pattern conduct which raised serious suspicion that he was trying to avoid being available for testing, he was eligible for the reduced 1-year ban.

28-year-old Russell was a member of the West Indies team that won an unprecedented second T20 World Cup last April and has been on the global T20 circuit since, playing for India’s Kolkata Knight Riders, Australia’s Sydney Thunder, Islamabad United in Pakistan, and in the Bangladesh Premier league. He also plays for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

In his defense, Russell said due to his international cricketing commitments, he authorized his agent Will Quinn and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission official Tajae Smith, to take care of the process on his behalf.

Andre Russell may appeal his ban, but depending on where he files his claim and how long it takes to examine the evidence, he may face a long and difficult legal battle.

Russell’s suspension will end on January 30, 2018.


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