Despite the anti-doping case casting a shadow of doubt over her participation at the IAAF Doha World Championships, Jamaica’s Under-20 World double sprint champion Briana Williams was today named in Jamaica’s 55-member team to the September 27 to October 6 event.
Williams, whose case is set for September 23, 24 and 25, is said to be “innocent until proven guilty” and as such is listed among a star-studded team announced by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) at a press conference.
The 17-year-old Williams has been listed alongside Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce for the 100 metre and 4X100m relay, pending her anti-doping disciplinary hearing.
Jonielle Smith has been listed as reserve for the event.
Williams ran a personal best of 10.94 seconds while finishing third at the Jamaica National Championships and qualified for the 100m at the World Championships in Doha, but later failed a drug test by way of the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.
However, the Florida-based athlete is said to have declared taking a cold medicine, Pharma Cold and Flu, which had been administered to her by her mother, Sharon Simpson.
Her camp has claimed that the over-the-counter pills were contaminated with elements of the diuretic. If found guilty, Williams could face a maximum ban of four years.