Russell to learn fate soon
The fate of West Indies cricketer Andre Russell could be decided in the next two to three weeks following the final submissions from Russell's and Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission's (JADCO) representative in the all-rounder whereabouts hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.
The three-member panel consisting of chairman Hugh Faulkner, Dr Majorie Vassell, and Dixeth Palmer heard lengthy final arguments, particularly from JADCO lawyer Lackston Robinson, whose presentation lasted nearly four hours. Russell's representative Patrick Foster's submission was over two hours.
In his submission, Foster called for the case to be dismissed and recommended that the cricketer not receive more than a year ban if found to be negligent.
"The onus is on the complainant to prove the filing failures comfortably satisfactory to the panel. The actions of the complainant in filing failure on October is not supported by evidence ... When giving more than one filing failure in a quarter, you need to be clear. It was a recipe for confusion," he argued.
He also added that. "Because Russell was unfamiliar with the (filing) process he cannot be considered to be negligent," he stated.
Meanwhile, Robinson pointed that JADCO went over and beyond in trying to assist Russell to file his whereabout 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 their right 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 up to two years if he is found guilty of the allegations.