Rus­sell to know his fate soon

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

THE FATE of West Indies crick­eter An­dré Rus­sell could be de­cided in the next two to three weeks fol­low­ing fi­nal sub­mis­sions from Rus­sell’s and JADCO’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the all­rounder’s where­abouts hear­ing at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

The three-mem­ber panel con­sist­ing of chair­man Hugh Faulkner, Dr Ma­jorie Vas­sell and Dix­i­eth Palmer heard lengthy fi­nal ar­gu­ments, es­pe­cially from JADCO lawyer Lack­ston Robin­son, whose pre­sen­ta­tion lasted nearly four hours. The sub­mis­sion from Rus­sell’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Pa­trick Fos­ter, lasted more than two hours.

CALL FOR DIS­MISSAL

In his sub­mis­sion, Fos­ter called for the case to be dis­missed. If he is found to be neg­li­gent, then he rec­om­mended that the crick­eter not re­ceive more than a 12-month ban.

“The onus is on the com­plainant to prove the fil­ing fail­ures to the panel. When giv­ing more than one fil­ing fail­ure in a quar­ter, you need to be clear. It was a recipe for con­fu­sion,” he ar­gued.

He added: “Be­cause Rus­sell was un­fa­mil­iar with the (fil­ing) process, he can­not be con­sid­ered to be neg­li­gent.”

RUS­SELL

Robin­son pointed out that JADCO went over and be­yond in try­ing to as­sist Rus­sell to file his where­abouts in­for­ma­tion but claimed that the ath­lete was just “grossly neg­li­gent” and in­sisted that a one-year sanc­tion was not per­mis­si­ble.

“The role of the ath­lete is to com­ply with the rules. It is his re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­ply with JADCO and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, so it was for him to avail him­self. It is his duty,” Robin­son ar­gued.

He also noted that JADCO was within its rights to record a se­cond fil­ing fail­ure against the crick­eter in the July to Septem­ber quar­ter and in­sisted that Rus­sell re­ceived more than ad­e­quate no­ti­fi­ca­tion and more than one ex­ten­sion on his dead­line but made no ef­fort to pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion re­quired by the anti-dop­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Rus­sell faces a ban of up to two years if he is found guilty of the al­le­ga­tions.

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