Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Board dissolved
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
The board of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has been dissolved, The Gleaner understands.
The 15 members of the two-year-old board have reportedly received letters terminating their services.
Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell confirmed yesterday that the members of the board were asked to resign yesterday.
"The minister just said that based on the review that was done by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), she would like to restructure the board and therefore, she was asking everybody to resign and then she would reappoint those that they wanted to reappoint."
Members of WADA visited the island in May on the invitation of Minister of Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange to conduct an audit of the two-year-old anti-doping body. During the visit, WADA's director, General David Howman, who led the delegation, raised the issue of conflict of interest, as there were members of the Professor Errol Morrison-chaired board - namely Howard Aris, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association, and Paul Campbell, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, currently heading sports associations on the island.
During his visit, Howman, who praised JADCO for the advancements made since its inception, suggested that the issues of conflict with regard to the make-up of the board did not suggest that anyone was running afoul of the code but the perception that there could be conflict took precedence.
"If you're creating a perception which is not helping the organisation you're working for, pull out. That's a decision that I think needs to be taken pretty carefully in the way forward here in Jamaica, and I'm sure they will do that," the WADA boss said with regard to the dissolution of the board.
Earlier this week, Grange was not willing to comment on the matter and when attempts were made to contact her yesterday, it was said that she was in the Dominican Republic attending the Junior CAC Games and would not be back until Monday.
Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, Dr Patrece Charles Freeman, was unavailable for comment.
On Tuesday, Fennell, speaking on Sportsnation Live on Nationwide 90FM, said that WADA did not specifically have a problem with the composition of the board given the size of the country.
He did say, though, that because some members of the board held particular posts, when conflicts arose, those members would have to excuse themselves from those matters.
Other members of the JADCO board were Dr Herb Elliott, Molly Rhone, Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse, Neville McCook, Joan Brown, Alveta Knight, Dr André Wheatley, Chris Stokes, Vilma McDonald and Dr Patrece Charles Freeman, the executive director.