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WADA goes to Jamaica

Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell

WADA has gone to Jamaica in search of answers for that country’s anti-doping programmes.

Officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency are meeting with Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) after claims have been made in the gaps in the screening of athletes.

It has been claimed by a former Jadco official that in the build-up to the London Olympics that there was only one out-of-competition test in six months prior to the games.

Of recent, Jamaican athletes Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson have all failed tests.

Jamaica’s anti-doping credibility has been called into question by the ex-Jadco senior official Renee Anne Shirley.

The IAAF have stated though, that the 19 Jamaican athletes in their registered pool of competitors were, on average, the most tested for any country in the lead up to the London Games.

Wada’s officials will be examining Jadco’s drug testing programme, staffing, governance and education programme.

Wada was invited to conduct an audit of the anti-doping programme by the Jamaican government, but Jadco initially said they could not accommodate the visit until 2014, leading officials from the world governing body to express their anger at the delay.

Author: Gavin Doyle

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