UWI professor, US doctor suggest Briana didn't try to cheat

By September 23, 2019

Professor Wayne McLaughlin testified today before a Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel that the amount of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) found in Briana Williams’ sample was not consistent with someone who was taking a diuretic to conceal the use of more serious substances, SportsMax.TV sources said.

McLaughlin, the Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, was speaking at the hearing involving the 17-year-old star, who returned an adverse finding from a sample she provided to a doping control officer (DCO) at Jamaica’s National Championships in June.

Kent Gammon, the chairman of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, Dr Majorie Vassell and Denise Forest, a former president of the Jamaica Women’s Hockey Association, comprise the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel that will determine the level of Williams’ culpability in the matter.

Williams awoke on the morning of June 21 with flu-like symptoms and took Pharma Cold and Flu tablets given to her by her mother, Sharon Simpson. Simpson reportedly purchased the tablets at a pharmacy in Kingston.

SportsMax.TV sources also indicated that Dr Charles Wong also gave evidence at the in-camera hearing held at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa on Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston.

Dr Wong, the Head of the Department of Chemistry at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Authority, reportedly said that the quantity of the HCTZ in Williams’ sample was consistent with what obtains in cases of external contamination.

Williams’ coach Ato Boldon, on hearing that Williams had returned an adverse finding on July 25, sent the batch of tablets to a lab in Michigan in the United States.

The lab results suggested that the batch of tablets were contaminated.

The expert witnesses' testimony seemed to be consistent with what Williams told the panel on Monday.

She said her mother, Sharon Simpson, had given her the tablets to take on the morning of Friday, June 21, hours before she competed in the finals of the 100m at the National Championships.

Williams said they checked to determine whether the tablets contained substances that were on the WADA banned list but found none. According to Williams, it was only after the finding in her sample that it was ascertained the tablets were contaminated, suggesting there was no way she could have been expected to know that.

Simpson also testified, verifying what Williams had told the panel earlier.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), represented by Queens Counsel Ian Wilkinson, called four witnesses – medical technologist Oraine Campbell, doping control officer Nerece Hinds-Wilson, lead doping control officer Angela Lee, and Tajae Smith, the manager of sample collection and testing.

Dr Emir Crowne represents Briana Williams.

The hearing is expected to resume on Tuesday morning.





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