Will WADA look to extend Russell’s ban?

“WADA has the right to take the matter elsewhere”

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The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) have said that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have the power to extend West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell’s one-year ban.

On Monday, JADCO announced they they had withdrawn their appeal to try and increase Russell’s ban from one year to two.

Russell was handed a 12-month suspension on January 31 for not filing the correct paperwork in relation to his whereabouts when he missed three drug tests in 2015.

Under the WADA rules and regulations, three missed tests is the same as a failed drug test.

“WADA has the right to take the matter elsewhere,” JADCO Chairman Alexander Williams said in Kingston. “That is up to them.”

Before deciding to drop their appeal to extend Russell’s ban, Williams confirmed that JADCO held discussions with Jamaica’s Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte.

Williams added that he was open to speaking to WADA about why JADCO opted to withdraw their appeal.

“We would have to explain to WADA the reasons for the appeal being withdrawn and I believe we are comfortable in our explanation,” he said.

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