Minister with responsibility for Sport, Natalie Neita Headley, has assured the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that Jamaica is fully committed to addressing any deficiencies that exist, and will improve the efficiency and efficacy of the local anti-doping programme.
Neita Headley made the response after receiving a report prepared by the WADA Review team which visited Jamaica, October 28-29. The sports minister, who is in South Africa attending the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport, met with the WADA director general David Howman yesterday.
A release from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday said WADA told the minister that it was satisfied that she has accepted the practical suggestions made and now looks forward to the full and speedy implementation of the recommendations.
These recommendations include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) at an operational level; undertaking of a review of Jamaica's anti-doping legislation, and the evaluation of JADCO's governance and management structure.
Neita Headley also assured WADA that additional budgetary resources will be made available to JADCO, and reconfirmed that the process was advanced for the filling of vacant posts at the commission. For its part, WADA said it will continue to work with JADCO in the interest of dope-free sport, and the protection of its clean athletes.