THE EDITOR, Sir:Did Anne Shirley, former head of JADCO, exhaust all avenues to voice her concerns about the drug testing of our athletes out of competition as well as during competition?
What were her expectations when she accepted the executive directorship, and how insistent was she that these conditions were in place? What was the rating of her tenure?
Whatever was the real motive for her departure, most of us will never know. She, no doubt, left in disgust. However, to take the international stage to voice her outrage shows a lack of pedigree and raises questions about all our athletes, especially at a time when many were performing so creditably in Moscow. Her action reminds me of one who, in order to get attention, will set fire to the very house in which she is living.
Pedigree, or class, goes beyond book knowledge or certificates and degrees earned. Nelson Mandela exemplified this quality when, after his release from prison, being interviewed by Ted Koppel about a seemingly unsettling situation, Mandela's quick response was: "I do not wash dirty linen in public." That's class!
Let's seize the opportunity to fully outline to the public the steps which have been taken and are currently in progress in Jamaica's drug-testing programme.
Retreat, St Mary