Sun | Jan 21, 2018

Give Russell a break

Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Jamaica's sporting prowess is known the world over. It is that thing that makes us great as a nation. With that said, it is really disheartening to see the manner in which the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) is going after cricketer, Andre Russell.

The appeal by JADCO to extend Andre Russell's ban is one of those moments in which we ought to voice our disapproval, and if needs be, block. This whole case seems like a witch hunt. What will it achieve to extend his ban? Will it show the international bodies that we are strict on athlete violations? If we tear down our athletes, who will support them?

I am not saying that we ought not reprimand our athletes for infringements, but we don't need to throw the book at them either. No other nation does that. Our athletes need to know that our local sporting bodies are supportive of them.

Nardia Grant