Briana Williams wins 200m at World U20 Championships 2018
Briana Williams wins 200m at World U20 Championships 2018

Briana Williams, who was tested positive for a banned substance at the Jamaica Trials in June, is at no fault. That is what her legal representative, Dr Emir Crowne, is arguing.

Williams, who won World U20 sprint double in 2018, was tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). However, according to her lawyer “Williams bears no-fault.”

“Our primary position will be that Ms Williams bears no fault in the circumstances, and there should be no sanctions levied against her,” he said.

Williams ran a Jamaica junior record 10.94 to finish behind Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at Jamaica Trials.

Dr Crowne admitted, “It will be an uphill battle.”

However, he is confident “this is one of the truly genuine times when there was nothing more the athlete could do in the circumstances.”

According to reports, the cold and flu medication taken by the athlete was contaminated.

“We will rely on a finding of no significant fault because again, it’s a contaminated product,” he added.

Under the WADA Code and JADCO code, Williams is eligible for the minimum sanction, which is a reprimand.
Dr Crowne said that is what they will be asking for in the case.

The Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel has not yet set a date for the hearing.
Jamaica is expected to name their team by September 8, but entries for the Doha World Championships, close on the 16th.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


  1. Joyeth Bent my long lost friend Joyeth you know it all. How do it feel when it’s the Jamaicans turning up dirty? You always so negative about us Americans.

  2. She may not be at fault but since the banned substance was in her system at the time she ran the 100m final, she will have to relinquish the U18 National and World records she set. If she is cleared for Doha she has another chance to retrieve them.


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