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WADA pleased with JADCO, says Grange

Published:Friday | April 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (right), listens to a point being made by the Director of Standards and Harmonisation at the World Anti-Doping Agency, Tim Ricketts, during a meeting at her New Kingston office yesterday.

KINGSTON:  Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange,  said yesterday that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased with the operations of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).

Minister Grange made her comments after meeting with a delegation from WADA.

“WADA has given us a clean bill of health.  Of course, there are little areas that have to be tweaked.  There are some matters that need to be clarified as to the relationship between the board (of JADCO) and the executive director as well as the Minister. 

It’s important that we observe best practises and I’m really happy that we were able to sit with WADA and to have a greater understanding and have WADA indicate that we are compliant,” she said in a release from her ministry.

WADA’s Director of Standards and Harmonisation, Tim Ricketts, led the delegation that met with Minister Grange.

“WADA’s here in Jamaica to meet with JADCO to look at the post-operations of the partnership that JADCO had with Canada.  And we’re very pleased with the outcome of that partnership and where JADCO is in terms of delivering effective anti-doping programmes,”  Ricketts said.

The chairman of the JADCO board, Alexander Williams, said he was pleased by WADA’s assessment which, he says, confirms that JADCO was “well on track to be one of the best national anti-doping organisations in the world.”