Sprinter Briana cleared to participate in World Championships

Briana Williams

The Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) has decided against imposing a ban on sprinter Briana Williams after she was tested positive for a banned substance.

The IADP said this afternoon that Williams will be reprimanded with no period of ineligibility. The ruling follows a two-day anti-doping hearing earlier this week.

This means that Williams will be able to compete in the World Championship games in Doha, which starts on Friday (Sept 27).

“The IADP is unanimously persuaded to the standard of proof on the evidence presented that the athlete, Miss Briana Williams, was in breach of article 2.1 of the 2015 Anti-Doping Rules as she had in her body a specified substance namely HCTZ,” the IADP said in a statement on Thursday afternoon (Sept 26).

The statement added: “The IADP finds that the athlete has established no significant fault or negligence as she was given tablets by her guardian and had no intention to cheat in her In-Competition sprint event on June 21, 2019. The IADP was referred to article 10.5.1.1 of the Anti-Doping In Sport Rules and this is relied on in its findings. The IADP recommends that the athlete undergoes another education programme on Anti-Doping In Sports Rules as soon as JADCO carries out same.”