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Briana Williams has officially withdrawn from Jamaica’s team to the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.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

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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