Saturday 22 February, 2020

Preliminary JADCO hearing for Briana Williams on Tuesday

Briana Williams.

Briana Williams.

The Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel is scheduled to convene a preliminary hearing in the matter of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) versus sprinter Briana Williams on Tuesday, September 10.

The hearing comes 17 days before the start of the 2019 IAAF World Championships, which will be held in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6.

Williams’ charges are hoping that the 17-year-old, who tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at the Jamaican National Championships in June, will be cleared to participate at the Worlds.

Tuesday’s hearing, which will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, is set to get underway at 10am. It will be held in camera but Chairman of the panel, attorney-at-law Kent Gammon, has indicated that he is willing to provide a statement following the hearing. 

Williams is the World Under-20 double sprint gold medallist and national junior 100m record holder, who is based in the United States where she is coached by Olympian, Trinidadian Ato Boldon.

Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic medication often used to treat high blood pressure and swelling due to fluid build-up. It belongs to a class of drugs known as diuretics/water pills. It causes one's body to produce more urine, which helps the body get rid of extra salt and water.

The medication also reduces extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease.

However, the use of Hydrochlorothiazide is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for its ability to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs

Williams is being represented by Canada-based sports attorney, Dr Emir Crowne, who has expressed disappointment the athlete’s name was leaked to the media even before her team was notified of the test results from her urine sample.

Crowne is hoping for a speedy resolution to the case.

The young sprint sensation booked her spot on the team to Doha after clocking 10.94 seconds in the 100m final at the National Trials to finish third behind Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

It has been reported that at the National Trials, Williams took over-the-counter Pharma cold and flu tablets to fight a high fever while competing in the 100m, where her time of 10.94 seconds was a national junior record and a world Under-18 record.

Under the WADA and IAAF rules, an athlete faces the possibility of a maximum ban of four years for a first offence if found guilty.

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