THE EDITOR, Sir:
Over the last couple of months, we have heard of high-profile athletes testing positive for banned substances. We have also heard from former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) representa-tive, Anne Shirley. This has left a scar on our athletic prowess.
While I support the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) testing athletes, I feel as though track and field is being disproportionately targeted. Other sports such as American football, ice hockey, football, basketball, to name a few, should be tested as rigorously. There does not seem to be a level playing field in drug testing done by WADA.
In fact, WADA needs to publish how many athletes have been tested in these other sports compared to track and field. If not, the whole credibility of WADA can be questioned.
JADCO, the Government and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association need to step up their game as well. They have fallen way behind on an acceptable rate of testing. It seems in Jamaica we react only when egg is on our face. How could the Government not provide enough resources for JADCO?
Our athletes have done more for this nation than any of the political parties in 50 years, yet we still treat our sportspersons with disrespect. The athletes train so hard, and at the end of the day, they are under scrutiny because of Government's failure.