Athletes have nothing to fear, says JADCO
Executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Carey Brown said yesterday that athletes competing at this weekend's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships have nothing to fear from his body.
Describing the country's track and field athletes as major stakeholders, Brown said athletes should view JADCO as a service aspiring to ensure integrity, clean competition and the goodwill of Jamaica's athletics programme.
"We are giving an athlete an opportunity to say to the world, 'I have worked hard, I have trained ,and I will compete clean'," outlined Brown.
"We are in no way, shape or form here to drive fear into anybody," he underlined.
"We (JADCO) are here to test ... the testing also adds to and speaks to the integrity of the programme. We are just here to do a service," he summarised.
JADCO has the authority to test any athlete under its jurisdiction once he or she is on local shores, but while the actual analysis of findings is not done in Jamaica, Brown notes that "our testing machinery is according to international standards".
When quizzed on how many agents will be employed to test athletes at the championships which starts tomorrow, the executive director declined to give a figure, but said plans are in motion.
"We don't speak to that (numbers), but we have our testing plans and will execute when we get on the ground ... we have things in place," he stressed.
Brown explained fine-tuning their preparations is on in earnest, ahead of this weekend.
"JADCO's major stakeholders are athletes because what we are doing, we are testing ... an athlete would be proud to say I am clean and I am competing above board, so all we have to do is to make sure we do things properly," he concluded.