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He left me no choice! - JADCO chairman says he was forced to fire Brown

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 9:00 AM
Carey Brown (left) with legal counsel Judith Clarke at the anti-doping hearing between sprinter Jason Livermore and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission at the Jamaica Conference Centre, yesterday.
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Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) Chairman Alexander Williams said he was forced to fire the body's executive director, Carey Brown, yesterday after the latter refused to resign following a directive from the board last week.

Brown showed up at the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary (IADP) hearing against sprinter Jason Livermore yesterday and even gave evidence, identifying himself as JADCO's "executive director".

A bearer was later seen handing Brown an envelope bearing a JADCO logo and seal with the words "Private & confidential" printed on it.

"I can confirm that yes, his (Brown's) services have been terminated to take effect on October 11. He got a month's notice," Williams told The Gleaner.

"We have become increasingly dissatisfied with the assurances that he has been giving the board concerning his monitoring of the sample-collection process. Two decisions, especially with Riker Hylton and Kaliese Spencer, in which the IADP made adverse comments about the way JADCO commenced in breach of particular rules [was one]," said Williams.

Both cases against Spencer and Hylton were later dismissed by the IADP.

"We expressed concern about his role to monitor the activities of JADCO and stated that we expected a tightening up of procedures. We have lost confidence that we had in him to manage that aspect of his duties, and so we took that decision to terminate him," said Williams.

Williams said he expected a smooth transition and that Brown would continue to give evidence in any matters that were still open.

"I've said to him that he should fulfil his obligations as executive director during that period.

So if he is a witness, he is to continue to be a witness and that all doping matters [should] proceed without any hiccup," said Williams.

Williams said that he expects that the role of executive director will be filled in what he describes as "short order" at the end of Brown's tenure.

dania.bogle@gleanerjm.com