West Indies all rounder Andre Russell will know his fate this morning when the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel meet at the Jamaica Conference Centre at 10.00 a.m., to pass a decision in the matter of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s (JADCO) case against the cricketer.Russell is accused of three filing failures, (failing to file his whereabouts) between January and July 2015, three filing failures in one year equals a failed dope test.The case commenced on September 19 and lasted for five day before ending on November 17, with both parties sufficiently submitting their cases over the period of the hearing.On the final day of the hearing, it was announced that a verdict would be reached in a few weeks, but Russell has had to wait for over two months to know of his fate.If found guilty, Russell, who was playing in the Australia Big Bash T20 league, could be suspended for up to two years under the World Anti-Doping Agency code. The three-person disciplinary panel consists of chairman Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer.
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