Russell's hearing wraps today

November 17, 2016

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 case, which commenced on September 19, ran longer than expected due to unforeseen delays.

However, both parties were able to sufficiently submit their cases over the five days of the hearing and after what has been considered a lengthy inquiry, Russell's lead counsel, Patrick Foster, and his JADCO counterpart Lackston Robinson will submit their final arguments to the three-member panel of Hugh Faulkner, Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixieth 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 JADCO's requirements.

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

JADCO's lawyer, Robinson, argued that the 28-year-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 and claimed that the all-rounder made no attempt to access this information.

The hearing also heard testimonies from JADCO's 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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