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I didn’t understand system – Russell tries to explain whereabouts violation

first_imgWest Indies cricketer AndrÈ Russell took the witness stand in his whereabouts violation hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.However, the hearing, which was scheduled to end yesterday, will resume on Tuesday with the cross-examination of the all-rounder.JADCO’s executive director Carey Brown and whereabouts officer Tajae Smith also gave testimonies.Russell’s lawyer, Patrick Foster, tried to prove that his client took all possible steps to file his whereabouts information but found it difficult, with his compact schedule and limited knowledge and training, to update his whereabouts on JADCO’s ADAMS website.”I tried to put in my whereabouts information but could not do it properly,” Russell stated.Russell said that he made frequent trips to JADCO to update his info and was usually assisted by staff, including Smith.However, during his cross-examination, JADCO’s representative, Lackston Robinson, questioned Russell’s knowledge of JADCO’s rules, guidelines, and consequences with regard to whereabouts filing and tried to prove that Russell knew of his filing failures and the laws that govern such situations. Robinson argued that the cricketer should have acted more responsibly in order to avoid his present predicament.But Foster continued to focus on JADCO’s blunder in their correspondence with the West Indian all-rounder, who said that at one point, he grew confused with communiquÈs from JADCO after repeated attempts to update his whereabouts through his agent, Will Quinn, and West Indies Cricket Board representative Judith Lue.Foster argued that the anti-doping agency did very little to educate and train cricketers on updating their whereabouts information on the ADAMS website.Russell had enlisted Lue to assist with his whereabouts filing in the April to June quarter, while in India competing, with the assistance of Smith, who, in his testimony, admitted giving Lue instructions on updating the system.It was noted that Russell contacted Smith to retrieve his log-in details before passing that information on to Lue, who then called Smith for guidance as it relates to navigating the submission system.Russell did his whereabouts submission for January to March on February 17.However, Foster noted that although Lue completed the April to July update, it was not recorded on the system. As a result the commission erred by sending the cricketer two filing failures in the same quarter.He noted that the filing failure from July to September did not clearly state that Russell was in danger. But he did receive notification from JADCO on July 6 to file his whereabouts by July 13, with a deadline extension to the 24th.THE EXPLANATION”The rules are clear: Where there are two filing failures in one quarter, notification must be clear so the athlete knows he’s under threat,” Foster remarked.”The complainant does not have a proper threshold on the conduct and methods of the system, so there is no proper basis for a second filing failure,” he insisted.Russell received another email on the 20th, but he only believed it to be an extension of his first filing failure deadline.On his return home, he visited JADCO and updated his information, but on reaching home, he was presented with a package regarding his filing failures. Russell shared that his reason for not meeting the September 9 deadline was because Quinn told him to focus on cricket as he (Quinn) would take care of it.Foster also highlighted the fact that the cricketer had done numerous doping tests in other countries around the world.Earlier, JADCO executive director Brown testified via telephone, however, his testimony was delayed for about an hour after JADCO representative Robinson protested Foster’s team’s use of the telephone, which is not allowed.However, after getting consensus panel chairman, Hugh Faulkner allowed Foster and his team to continue using their communication devices.last_img read more

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Pep challenges Yaya to win back City place

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure (C) takes part in a training session at the City Football Academy in Manchester, northwest England on September 12, 2017, on the eve of their Champions League group match against Feyenoord © AFP/File / Lindsey ParnabyMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Pep Guardiola has challenged Yaya Toure to win back his place in the Manchester City team after the veteran midfielder’s recent absence from the squad.The Ivorian has not featured this season and was left out of the party that travelled to Rotterdam for the club’s impressive 4-0 win over Feyenoord in their opening Champions League group game on Wednesday. He also failed to make the bench for City’s 5-0 thumping of Liverpool last weekend.But Guardiola is urging the 34-year-old to knuckle down and prove he is worthy of a place in the team.“We need him. I need him and the team needs him. He was so important last season. He’ll be so important this season,” Guardiola told reporters in Manchester on Friday.Speculation about the midfielder’s future has been rife at the Etihad ever since Guardiola’s arrival, especially as the Catalan manager had allowed Toure to leave for City in 2010 while in charge of Barcelona.It looked like the same might happen at the beginning of Guardiola’s City tenure when Toure was frozen out of the first team as the relationship between manager and player soured over the outspoken comments of the midfielder’s controversial agent Dimitri Seluk.But despite the off-field drama, Toure made an impressive return, playing 31 times for City last season despite only returning to the team in mid-November.He was the only player out of contract in July to be given a new deal as a raft of senior squad members were released to spark a summer re-build.But after being left out of the past two squads, questions have again been asked about Toure’s future.But Guardiola, whose side travel to Watford on Saturday, has been quick to knock back any idea of a fallout and says the Ivorian will be a key figure for his team this season.“He’s a part of the group,” he said. “He’s a guy who I admire. What he’s done in his career, he’s an exceptional player.”Guardiola hinted ahead of Wednesday’s win in the Netherlands that he had spoken to Toure about why he had been omitted from the squad, blaming “sporting reasons” and insisting there had been no personal disagreement.With Ilkay Gundogan still recovering from a torn cruciate knee ligament, City’s only other fit central midfielders are Fernandinho and Fabian Delph.Guardiola is aware he will have to use the full extent of his squad as fixtures come thick and fast.“All the teams that play in Europe have a lot of games,” he said. “Every three days until the next international break — there are many, many games to play.“There are many games and I think everybody will be involved. It is so important, but I’m thinking of what is the best team to play for every game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more