Panel won’t rush to make a decision in Briana Williams’ anti-doping case

Sprinter Briana Williams
Sprinter Briana Williams

Promising Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams will have to wait patiently on the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, as at the end of the anti-doping rule violation case on Tuesday, chairman Kent Gammon made it clear that the panel will not be rushed into making a decision.

Williams’ legal team, led by Dr Emir Crowne, wanted an early decision to facilitate the athlete’s participation in the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, which is scheduled to start on Friday.

“We are moving to decide the matter fairly, and we will do so in a good period of time.”

— Kent Gammon, panel chairman

However, they will have to wait to hear the outcome.

“We have taken into account that factor, but it’s not going to predicate how we decide. It has been something that we are familiar with. We are aware of it because this thing has international implication because the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) is also interested in the outcome,” Gammon said.

“But it’s not going to cause me and the panel members, Miss Denise Forrester and Dr (Majorie) Vassell, to rush because of some other event external to Jamaica. But we are moving to decide the matter fairly, and we will do so in a good period of time.”

Brianna-Williams
Williams

Gammon insisted that the panel will follow the rules and that the results will be fair.

“We have been given laws to operate under, and we’ve had JADCO (Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission) present their case, and we will make our findings accordingly,” said Gammon.

Williams has been pitted against JADCO after she tested positive for a banned substance at the National Trials in June, when she earned her place on the team to the World Championships and was provisionally included in the squad by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

According to Crowne, the delay in the decision could result in Williams giving up her spot in the interest of the team.

“I don’t think any athlete would want to be in that spot where they are forced to voluntarily withdraw. But that is where we are in the process, unfortunately,” he said.