Russell likely to participate in ICC World T20 despite doping code violation
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is all set to retain his place in the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 after the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) opted not to hand him a provisional suspension.
Earlier this week, Russell was reported to have missed three doping tests during a 12-month period, an action for which he faces a ban extending up to two years.
The executive director of JADCO, Carey Brown stated that the commission is waiting for the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel to set a date for the hearing.
“The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has referred the matter regarding Mr. Andre Russell to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel,” said Brown.
“The Commission is awaiting a date for the hearing. Mr. Russell has not been provisionally suspended.”
It is expected that the disciplinary panel, chaired by Kent Pantry will set a date of hearing after the completion of the ICC World T20, paving way for Russell’s participation in the tournament.
According to the anti-doping rules, athletes must inform their local anti-doping agencies about their whereabouts to facilitate random tests.
If an athlete misses three such drug tests within a 12-month period, it is treated as a positive test.
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