Briana Williams withdraws from World Champs, wishes Jamaica well

By September 26, 2019

Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the Jamaican team to the 2019 IAAF World Championships that gets underway tomorrow in Doha, Qatar.

Her decision to withdraw comes about nine hours after an independent disciplinary panel reprimanded her with no period of ineligibility for a failed drug test at the Jamaican national championships in June.

Williams, 17, had tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) that was said to be contained in Pharma Cold & Flu tablets her mother bought at a pharmacy in Kingston. She had contracted the flu while competing at the championships and had taken the tablets on the morning of Friday, June 21, the same day she competed in the 100m finals.

Notwithstanding the panel’s ruling, late Thursday evening, word emerged from the Jamaican team in Doha that Jonielle Smith had been selected to replace Williams in the women’s 100m that is set to get underway on Saturday morning (Caribbean time).

Smith, along with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson, will represent Jamaica in the blue-ribbon sprint.

The decision prompted Williams to decide that it was in her best interest not to fly to Doha.

“I have decided to forego competing at the World Championships considering the long trip to Doha and that the team has already started training for the relays,” Williams said.

“I am just relieved and thankful after what has been a very emotional summer.

“I would like to once again express my gratitude to everyone right across Jamaica who reached out to show support.”

Williams, who won the Pan Am U20 and NACAC U18 titles this season, said she will now turn her focus to the coming season when she will concentrate on making her national team to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“I look forward to returning to the track for the 2020 season,” she said, indicating that if she does end up in Doha, it would only be as a spectator.

“Hopefully, I still have a chance to make the trip to Doha to watch Jamaica compete,” she said.

“I would like to wish all our athletes  and coaches the very best.”

 

 

 

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