as mentioned in Kingston (Jamaica), Feb 1 (IANS) West Indies cricketer Andre Russell has been banned for 12 months for breaching anti-doping regulations.
The 28-year-old Jamaican helped the West Indies win their second World T20 title in 2016.
This constitutes a failed drugs test under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.
Russell appeared to be in tears when the decision was announced at the Jamaica Conference Centre here, the daily said.
A distraught Russell, a two-time Twenty20 World Cup winner, refused to comment.
West Indian cricketer Andre Russell banned for 12 months for doping violation
(AAP)West Indies and Sydney Thunder cricketer Andre Russell has been banned for 12 months by an anti-doping independent panel.
Andre Russell in action for the Sydney Thunder in this year’s BBL.
Jamaica’s independent anti-doping disciplinary commission today suspended Russell after he failed to update a whereabouts diary for drug testers three times within a 12-month period.
Russell, 28, spoke on the weekend of the toll he had suffered with the ban looming.
“It’s been stressing and hard playing cricket and all that’s in the back of your head,” Russell told the Jamaica Observer.
West Indies cricketer Russell banned for a year
Jamaica Observer:-Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Andre Russell was yesterday banned for 12 months by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for breaching an anti-doping whereabouts regulation over a 12-month period between March and September 2015.
They seemed to have injected some mercy in the process, even though I did not agree with the decision,” Foster pointed out.
An appeal on behalf of Russell for an earlier commencement of his sanction is imminent.
Hugh Faulkner, chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel, concurred with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that Russell failed to file his whereabouts, which is regarded as a failed test.
They said that they werefunctus and it’s a matter for the appeal panel to deal with it,” said Foster.
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