Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Carey Brown, a chemist employed by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, is the new executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).
Brown replaces Renee Anne Shirley, who parted ways with the anti-doping commission almost nine months ago.
Four-time Olympian Cathy Rattray Samuel acted in the position from May until mid-August this year. She left the position just as Shirley's damaging exposť of the organisation's weaknesses in an article published in Sports Illustrated.
Brown's appointment becomes official merely days before a three-member team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) visits the island to conduct an extraordinary audit on the commission's drug-testing programme, especially as it relates to the first half of 2012 when it is said that the local agency completed one out-of-competition test on Jamaica's track and field athletes prior to the London Olympic Games.
Minister with responsibility for Sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, had confirmed to The Gleaner last week that someone had been selected to fill the role of ED for the beleaguered commission.
"I have been advised by the board of commissioners that they have reached the point of selection. They seem to have done all the due diligence and are comfortable with the gentleman who they have selected," the minister said then.
"It's someone who has strong administrative and managerial skills, and that's really what we need now to be able to pull JADCO together and push it forward".