Fi­nal sub­mis­sions in Rus­sell’s hear­ing today

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - – L.S.

THE FI­NAL sub­mis­sions in the where­abouts hear­ing of West Indies crick­eter An­dre Rus­sell will be de­liv­ered today at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, start­ing at 10.a.m.

The hear­ing, which com­menced on Septem­ber 19, has over­run its course due to un­fore­seen de­lays; how­ever, both par­ties were able to suf­fi­ciently sub­mit their cases over the five-days hear­ing (although day three was post­poned due to the ab­sence of a panel mem­ber), and af­ter what has been con­sid­ered lengthy in­quiry, Rus­sell’s lead coun­sel, Pa­trick Fos­ter and his Ja­maica Anti-Dop­ing Com­mis­sion (JADCO) coun­ter­part, Lax­ton Robin­son, will sub­mit their fi­nal ar­gu­ments to the three man panel of Hugh Faulkner, Dr Ma­jorie Vas­sell and Dix­eth Palmer.

JADCO is ac­cus­ing Rus­sell of fail­ing to file his where­abouts on three oc­ca­sions dur­ing a 12-month pe­riod. How­ever, over the course of the hear­ing Rus­sell’s team in­sisted that his busy in­ter­na­tional sched­ule made it dif­fi­cult for him to ful­fil his obli­ga­tion with the anti-dop­ing agency and main­tained that the player did all he could to try and meet the re­quire­ments and dead­lines.

FIL­ING FAIL­URES

Rus­sell lawyers’ main ar­gu­ment has been based on the last two of the crick­eter’s three fil­ing fail­ures, both of which came in the July - Septem­ber quar­ter. The al­leged fil­ing fail­ures are for Jan­uary 1, 2015, July 1, 2015, and July 25, 2015.

Robin­son has ar­gued that the 28year-old was tardy and neg­li­gent in sub­mit­ting his where­abouts in­for­ma­tion to the na­tional anti-dop­ing body,

RUS­SELL

and that JADCO read­ily pro­vides as­sis­tance to those that need it; claim­ing also that the all-rounder made no at­tempt to ac­cess this in­for­ma­tion.

The hear­ing also heard tes­ti­monies from JADCO’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Carey Brown, Na­dia Vas­sell and Ta­jae Smith, as well as Ju­dith Lue and Rus­sell him­self.

Rus­sell faces a two-year ban from cricket if found guilty.

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