THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is in response to Philip Lofters' letter titled 'Blame JADCO for drug barbs targeting Fraser-Pryce' (Gleaner, September 20. 2013).
I suspect that any barbs being thrown at Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stem not so much from Ms R. Anne Shirley's recent 'expose' on the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), but more from the fact that six Jamaican athletes recently returned adverse analytical findings (AAF). One was at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge event, and five at our national trials.
Which agency do Jamaicans think collected the samples and arranged for them to be sent off to the appropriate laboratory for testing? JADCO!
Mr Lofters also speaks of in- and out-of-competition testing. Does he know that our athletes who compete on the international circuit are tested morning, noon and night (in other words, just as rigorously) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)?
I have seen reports of Asafa Powell speaking of the frequency with which he is tested, and I remember Merlene Ottey saying the same from way back when. Maybe, we should find out how frequently Usain Bolt and others are tested?
With Jamaica's success at the international level in sports, particularly track and field, people are going to talk, especially our rivals from up north. I believe, though, that any comments by them have been tempered by the fact that one of their own, Tyson Gay, also recently returned an AAF.
I hold no brief for JADCO; however, while we want to see the activities of that body streamlined and functioning properly, we need to consider all the angles before assigning blame.