$14m cut won’t affect JADCO operations – Brown
Corey Brown, executive director of the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO), is not expecting any major shortfall in the organisation's operations after just under $14 million was shaved from their budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
JADCO, which is responsible for executing the country's anti-doping efforts through educational and testing programmes, has been allocated $90.2 million by the Jamaican government, compared to $103.9 million for the 2014-2015 budget, according to the recently released Estimates of Expenditure.
However, Brown assured that the decrease will not have a negative impact on the organisation's ability to effectively execute its mandate, and offered his explanation for the difference.
"There were some one-off items in the works last year; for example, the drafting of our rules, the dealing with our website and matters like that. So, in terms of our operation, it won't affect our operations at all. Those items are not on the books this year, and that would explain the cut," Brown told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday.
"Going forward, of course, if there is any circumstance - as the minister outlined in Parliament, they would also give us the additional support if we need it," Brown noted.
He also dismissed the notion that the less funding means not enough is being done by local authorities where anti-doping is concerned.
"We are taking anti-doping very seriously in Jamaica. We have our plans outlined, we know what we need to do, we know the things that are coming up, and we are pushing full steam ahead," Brown insisted.
"You will see in the coming months that our educational programme will not be backing off. Our testing will be going on as usual, so it certainly won't be affecting us," Brown added.
"We are very comfortable that we will be able to execute effectively."
Brown noted that JADCO, which has undertaken a nationwide school tour, would be continuing its focus on educating all stakeholders.
"We will be going forward with the level of educational work that we have done. We are hoping that there will be less (doping) cases as well. Last year was an extraordinary year with that," observed Brown.
"Education never stops, we have new persons coming through, and you have to look not only to the athletes, but their support personnel as well. Under the new code and rules, they are more culpable, so we have to ensure that everyone is properly educated."
The Jamaican government has been vocal about its efforts to repair the country's anti-doping programme after a number of high-profile cases in 2013 and heavy criticism around its drug-testing mechanism.