Briana Williams anti-doping hearing set for September 23, 24, 25

By September 10, 2019

September 23,24 and 25 have been set aside for the anti-doping hearing case involving World U20 champion Briana Williams.

The 17-year-old speedster returned a positive test for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at the Jamaican National Championships in June and it seems likely that she will miss the IAAF World Championships of Athletics set to get underway in Doha, Qatar on September 28.

The dates were blocked out for the matter during a preliminary hearing held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, attorney-at-law Kent Gammon, Dr Majorie Vassell and Denise Forest, a former president of the Jamaica Women’s Hockey Association, will hear arguments from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission and Williams’ representative Dr. Emir Crowne.

All documents relating to the hearing are to be handed over by September 20.

On June 21, Williams, while running a high fever, finished third in the 100m at the national championships in a national junior record 10.94 seconds. It was also a personal best and a World U18 record.

However, according to Williams’ attorney, that morning her mother, Sharon Simpson, gave her an over-the-counter cold medication – “Pharma Cold and Flu” – which she had previously purchased at a local pharmacy in Kingston.

 Later that day, Williams declared her use of the cold medication on her doping control form.

On July 25, Williams was notified of the presence of the banned diuretic in her ‘A’ Sample. She then requested that her ‘B’ sample be tested.

On August 27, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission notified Williams that her ‘B’ Sample also returned an adverse analytical finding for the banned diuretic.

In the intervening period between receiving the ‘A’ Sample results and B Sample results, Williams’ coach, Ato Boldon, had the cold medication independently tested by NSF International Labs in Michigan.

Those independent tests demonstrated that the tablets contained hydrochlorothiazide, the banned diuretic. Hydrochlorothiazide was not listed as an ingredient on the cold medication in question.

Local attorneys Xavier Leveridge and Kristie Irving appeared on Williams' behalf at the preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

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