Campbell’s anti-doping hearing adjourned

Kingston – The disciplinary hearing into allegations that West Indies opener John Campbell violated the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) whereabouts rule was adjourned until August 2.

At a preliminary hearing on July 6, a trial date was set for Tuesday, July 19, at 10 a.m.

The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), which is supporting the 28-year-old Jamaican, issued a brief statement informing that the matter was adjourned, but it did not state whether any evidence was heard on Tuesday by the Kent Gammon-chaired independent anti-doping disciplinary panel.

Campbell is represented by attorneys-at-law Ayana Thomas and Mark-Paul Cowan of Nunes, Scholefield, De Leon & Co. in the matter.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Agency (JADCO) alleged that the left-hander violated WADA whereabouts rule, which requires an athlete to specify for a period of three months in advance, a one-hour period in every single day between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. when they will be available for out-of-competition testing.

The athlete must advise where they will be for this hour, and they must make sure that they are at this specified location at the specified time.

Under WADA’s anti-doping rules, any combination of three whereabouts failures – filing failure, or missed test, or both – within a period of 12 months constitutes an anti-doping rule violation, and an athlete can be banned from his or her sport for up to two years.

That can be reduced to a minimum of one year depending on the athlete’s degree of fault.


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