Andre Russell appeals to have one-year ban dismissed

By Kayon Raynor
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (C front) sits at a desk during a meeting of an independent anti-doping tribunal at the Jamaica Conference Centre next to his lawyers Patrick Foster (L, rear, partially obscured) and Donovan Walker, in Kingston, Jamaica January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has appealed to have his one-year ban for a doping whereabouts rule violation dismissed.

Russell, a two-times Twenty20 World Cup winner, was revealed to have committed the violation a year ago after registering three filing failures in 2015. That constituted a failed drugs test under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

Reuters has obtained a copy of Russell's appeal document that was submitted to the Jamaican Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal on March 20. It calls for “the decision rendered by the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel be set aside”.

Jamaica's anti-doping commission (JADCO) has appealed to have Russell's suspension doubled from one year to two.

In a second filing, Russell called for this appeal to be dismissed on the grounds that there is no basis for his suspension to be extended.

(Editing by Toby Davis)

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