West Indian super allrounder, Andre Russell has been charged by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) recently for missing three drug tests in the last 12 months, which is equal to a failed drug test as per the anti-doping regulations.
Russell has finally commented on the ongoing scenario and has termed it stressful and depressing for him. As he has been training for the last two Caribbean Premier League games for Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida, USA, he is under pressure due to the JADCO tribunal process.
Russell told in an interview, “It’s not easy, honestly, it’s tough,” he added, “When I cross the rope, I definitely block it off my head but then when you go back to your room and you know you have to face reality and know that something is going on like that, it’s kind of stressing and depressing. But I have an amazing bunch of guys around me. So they keep me occupied, they keep me laughing. I just think that is a very good thing to do while going through something like that.
He further stated on the issue, “Everything is in place. My lawyers are doing whatever they have to do so I don’t really want to have to talk about it that much.”
The 29-year old didn’t comment on the independent panel hearing that took place last week. However, according to The Jamaica Gleaner, Russell’s lawyer, Patrick Foster claimed in the hearing that his client got just two letters from the JADCO, one from January to March and the other from July to September for missing out-of-competition dope tests.
On the other hand, Andre Russell is currently focused in taking his CPL to the second title win after 2013.
“This is what we live for, to be on top of the table,” Russell said. “We still have a few games to go. We’re still not going to take anything for granted. We’re going to try and play our best cricket so we can be in form going into the crucial games,” he concluded.