Final submissions in Russell’s hearing today
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.
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,
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.