Don’t kick a man when he’s down, JADCo

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Dear Editor,

From time to time our sportsmen and women have had to defend their reputation before local and international tribunals.

These experiences must be harrowing, painful and expensive for them. However, when adverse test results and failure to present themselves occur, action must be taken. This is paramount in the preservation of our national sporting programmes.

Notwithstanding, the appearance of balance and fairness must be the hallmark of all decision-making. In the case of Andre Russell vs the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCo), I personally believe this latest position of JADCo is excessive.

Do not kick an individual when he or she is already down. Andre is now down, and seeing the latest report on him I am disturbed.

We need to save our national treasures. These sportspeople have expended time, money and unspeakable effort in preparing themselves for competition. Jamaica has been the recipient of their glory in terms of the national pride and economic returns they generate for us.

Please, commissioners, rethink your position, a year is enough punishment.

To Andre, I say, stay strong, never give up, and fellow Jamaicans, show your support.

In an unrelated matter, let us also keep a good thought for Nesta Carter.

Andrea Dunk




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