WIPA, JCA mum on JADCo appeal of Russell ban

March 14, 2017

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) and the West Indies Player Association (WIPA) have refused to comment on the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission's bid to extend a one-year doping ban on cricketer Andre Russell's to the maximum two years.

WIPA president, Wavell Hinds, declared, "I have no response," while the JCA's chief operations officer, Courtney Francis, noted that it is a legal issue and that he would not like to comment on the subject without knowing the details of the case.

"It's legal, and as far as I am concern I don't have the legal ramification as to why what is being done is being done. But I do not have the facts, so I can't make any reasonable judgment without having information to substantiate it," Francis added.

"I have read about it in the paper like most people, so you would not be able to justify the comment without having the details of the information. Once it's a legal thing, we have to make it take its course and after we can make an assessment," Francis said.

Last week, after news came to light that JADCo would be seeking an extension on the ban, Minister of Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange came to the defence of the West Indies all-rounder on national television and expressed her disappointment with the reopening of the case.

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