Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will have to serve a one-year ban for doping-code violation.
Russell, the consummate cricketer, was brought close to tears, after learning of the guilty verdict.
Missing in action from the field of play for a year will certainly be a setback for the player not only financially, but also in terms of his career development.
He was found guilty of a whereabouts rule violation by an independent anti-doping disciplinary panel.
The three-member independent anti-doping disciplinary panel ruling on the matter included Hugh Faulkner (Chairman), Dr. Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, a former Jamaica cricketer
Faulkner in delivering the verdict reportedly said: “Mr. Russell was found guilty of a doping violation” having missed three filing failures in 2015.
Russell’s ban becomes effective from “January 31, 2017” until the “January 30, 2018.”
Patrick Foster, Russell’s lawyer, said he would discuss all options with his client including appealing the ban.
At the same time, JADCO’s attorney Lackston Robinson asserted that Russell was grossly negligent during the hearing, as efforts were made to ensure his compliance. However, Russell had three filing failures.
Under the rules of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), athletes across all sporting disciplines must inform their local anti-doping agency, in this case, JADCO, where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.
If an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-month period that counts as a positive test.
Russell has played 1 Test, 53 One Day Internationals and 43 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies. Last year, he was part of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 winning squad.
In the meantime, some of the comments by fans regarding the ban on social media include:
It could have been worst
He will be back in a year
Sorry pal, it’s your fault. You know the rules, you missed 3 times. Not good enough. Do hope to see you back
It is a sign of the time that a ban on one player, Andre Russell, affects so many teams! So, what next
One year, he go lose a bunch of cash but could have been two years
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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