Briana Williams for Carifta Games 2019
Briana Williams for Carifta Games 2019

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Briana Williams has officially withdrawn from Jamaica’s team to the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

Williams, who on Wednesday afternoon received a public reprimand for a failed drug test during Jamaica Trials in June, decided it would be too late to attend the Doha 2019 event.

“I have decided to forgo competing at the World Championships that start tomorrow (27 Sept), considering the long trip to Doha, and that the team has already started training for the relays,” Williams said in a statement.

“I am just relieved and thankful, after what has been a very emotional summer,” said Williams, who ran 10.94s to finish third behind Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at Jamaica Trials.

Williams tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at the Jamaica Trials in June. The decision of “Public reprimand and no period of ineligibility” was handed down Wednesday (26 Sept) by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) panel, chaired by Kent Gammon and included Dr Marjorie Vassell and Ms Denise Forrest.

Williams, the World U20 sprint double champion, continued: “I would like to once again express my gratitude to everyone across Jamaica and the world, who reached out to show support.

“I look forward to returning to the track for the 2020 season.
Hopefully, I still have a chance to make the trip to Doha to watch Jamaica compete. I would like to wish all our athletes and coaches the very best,” she concluded.

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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.