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Briana caught by chance or design?

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:31 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Am I the only person to observe the strange coincidence that in recent times, whenever a high-profile American sprinter is caught for doping, a high-profile Jamaican gets caught almost simultaneously?

In 2013, Tyson Gay was caught for using anabolic steroids, and within 24 hours, Asafa Powell was alleged to have used some substance for which the Court of Arbitration for Sports subsequently ruled that his case was really one of negligence and considerably reduced his sanction.

Last week, news emerged that top American sprinter this year, Christian Coleman, could potentially be suspended for missing three mandatory tests. Then within two weeks, our very promising world junior record holder, Briana Williams, is also alleged to be caught using a diuretic. We don’t at this time have the facts of the case, but simply on the face of it, it is reported that she did declare the use of the medication in which the diuretic originated.

So then, I am perplexed about one thing. Is Briana Williams‘ situation one of coincidence, chance or correlation?

M.H.