By Kayon Raynor
The anti-doping case involving World Under-20 double sprint champion Briana Williams, following her positive test for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, is heading to a disciplinary hearing. The attorney for JADCO Queen's Counsel Ian Wilkinson on Tuesday confirmed with RJR Sports by telephone the that matter was turned over the Kent Gammon-chaired Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.
"Yes I can confirm that today (Tuesday) my client JADCO referred the matter to the Independent Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel. The matter is now in the hands of that panel which is a Tribunal just like a court and they will now be responsible for the administrative arrangements and for the hearing," said Wilkinson.
Last Tuesday, Williams's representative Dr Emir Crowne told RJR Sports he would be pushing for an emergency hearing, given that the JAAA is scheduled to name Jamaica's team on September 6, ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, starting September 27. However, Wilkinson says he has no idea when the hearing would now be convened by the Independent Panel.
Williams returned the postive test at the National Senior Championships in June, where she clocked 10.94 seconds for third in the women's 100 metres.