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Williams’ hearing starts today

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams will today face the Jamaica Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) in a preliminary hearing after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) in June.

Today’s hearing, which will take place in camera at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, is expected to be used primarily to set the actual hearing date and decide on other case-management issues.

Williams, the World Under-20 Championships double sprint champion, returned an adverse analytical finding from samples taken at the National Senior Championships in June. The findings were later confirmed when her B samples also showed the presence of the banned substance.

The 17-year-old had placed third in the 100m final in a time of 10.94 seconds, the fastest time ever recorded in the event by a Jamaican junior.

IADP chairman Kent Gammon confirmed the preliminary hearing but could offer no further comments yesterday.

Williams’ representative, Dr Emir Crowne, also declined comment.

Crowne had earlier noted that the substance was contained in a contaminated over-the-counter cold-and-flu medication that had been given to the athlete by a close relative.

Independent tests

The medication was subsequently sent by the sprinter’s team to NSF International Labs in Michigan in the United States, which conducted independent tests and confirmed that the medication used by the athlete was contaminated with traces of HCTZ.

Williams, who was expected to feature in Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, which gets under way on September 27, now faces a race against time, as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, which was expected to meet last night to discuss the team’s selection, has until September 15 to submit its final entries for the championships to the IAAF.