March 8, 2017 / 9:18 PM / 8 months ago

West Indian Russell could face extended ban

KINGSTON (Reuters) - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is facing the prospect of an extension to his one-year ban for a doping whereabouts rule violation.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell reacts after he was banned on Tuesday for one year for a doping whereabouts rule violation, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, Jamaica, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) is pushing for the maximum two-year suspension to be imposed on the 28-year-old Russell, who was banned in January for one year.

JADCO chief executive Carey Brown told Reuters on Wednesday that his organisation had filed an appeal with Jamaica’s five-member anti-doping Appeals Tribunal.

“(JADCO) has appealed,” Brown said.

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.

Reporting by Kayon Raynor, editing by Ed Osmond

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