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Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission compliant, says minister after WADA audit

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer



"The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCo) is not non-compliant!"




Those words came from Minister Natalie Neita Headley who this morning briefed members of the media on the just concluded audit that was conducted over the past two days by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).



Speaking at a briefing at the offices of JADCo on South Odean Avenue in Kingston, the minister said she had very cordial discussions with the team from WADA and they will be working very closely with the local anti-doping agency to ensure that it not only remains compliant but becomes one of the best in the world.



She said the commission would be working to become more transparent in its operations by providing timely information to public via the media.



The minister revealed that JADco's budget will be increased by approximately 14 per cent through injections from the Chase Fund, IAAF and WADA.



The beleaguered commission, she says, has also filled five of nine key positions with the additional four to be filled within the next two months.



The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has been under fire recently following a damaging exposé penned by former Executive Director Ann Shirley and which was published by the world renowned Sports Illustrated in mid-August, shortly after Jamaica won six gold medals at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow and a month after five Jamaican athletes including former world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson failed drug tests at the national championships held in June.



It was Shirley's exposé that helped trigger the WADA visit to Jamaica.



The WADA team that arrived on Monday departed today.



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