Track & Field News, widely recognized as the bible of the sport, has named Jamaica’s Briana Williams as the 2019 High School Girls Athlete of the Year.

Lawyers representing the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) are proceeding to initiate legal action against noted attorney Dr Emir Crowne after the latter refused to apologize for alleged defamatory comments he made about the commission in  August this year.

Noted sports attorney Dr. Emir Crowne will not be apologizing to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) for comments he made about the commission in the days leading up to the anti-doping hearing involving Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams.

Dr. Emir Crowne, who represented Briana Williams during her anti-doping hearing last month, is facing legal action from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), who claim they have been defamed by the noted attorney.

Newly-crowned 100m World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has offered kind words of encouragement to young compatriot Briana Williams who missed out on an appearance at the Doha Championships after being embroiled in a doping controversy.

The 17-year-old Williams was hit with a reprimand after returning an adverse analytical finding, following the Jamaica National Championships.  The athlete, who returned a test for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide, provided the explanation that the substance was part of a contaminated batch of flu medication she had ingested on the morning of the championships. 

An Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel ruling on the matter issued Williams with a reprimand and did not prescribe any period of ineligibility for the athlete but based on the IAAF’s rules the results earned at Jamaica’s National Trials were scrubbed from the record. Williams had secured her spot on the World Championship team after finishing third behind Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson in the 100m.  Though selected to the team the athlete later withdrew after being replaced by Jonielle Smith for the 100m and facing time considerations for the relay squad.

“I’ve been in that situation before when I took a painkiller and it was very hard for me to come back and not focus on that incident,” Fraser-Pryce said.

In 2010, Fraser-Pryce served a six-month ban after testing positive for Oxycodone at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting.  The athlete had taken the substance to provide relief for a severe toothache.

“It happens, unfortunately.  I would not have wished that on anyone, and I hope that she can stay strong and stay motivated and forget about what anyone else has to say.  It’s about what you know and what you believe, and you can come back from anything.”

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

2018 CAC 100m champion, Jonielle Smith has replaced Briana Williams in the Women’s 100m that begins on Saturday morning at the 2019 IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

If allowed to, Briana Williams will compete in the 100m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, according to her coach Ato Boldon.

Jamaican teen star Briana Williams has been issued a reprimand without any period of ineligibility by the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel.

The anti-doping hearing involving Jamaica’s teenage track star Briana Williams concluded on Tuesday without the independent disciplinary panel setting a time or date for their decision, a development that has caused concern for the athlete’s representatives.

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.

On Monday, Briana Williams flew to the Bahamas to do her part in the ongoing relief efforts there after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Abacos Islands and claimed several lives.

2018 World U20 100m champion Briana Williams was selected on a provisional basis to Jamaica’s 55-member team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 27-October 6.

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