WADA to visit Jamaica next year at PM's request
Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a special visit to Jamaica next year following concerns over the island's anti-doping programmes.
WADA said in a statement yesterday to Reuters said that it has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica to visit and inspect the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).
The visit follows comments by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley that there had been a significant gap in out-of competition testing by JADCO in the months prior to the 2012 London Olympics, where Jamaican sprinters were dominant.
WADA says it had hoped to make the inspection this year but was unhappy to learn that JADCO cannot accommodate this visit until 2014.
The sport's world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) said it was not concerned about the WADA visit or the testing of Jamaican athletes.
IAAF spokesman Chris Turner said in an email to Reuter that testing of Jamaican athletes before London was extensive and thorough – and continues to be so today.
Turner said in 2012 Jamaica had 19 athletes in the IAAF registered testing pool who were tested 126 times, an average of 6.3 tests for each athlete.
By comparison, 43 United States athletes in the 2012 pool were tested 222 times, an average of 5.16.
Turner further says, 37 Jamaican athletes were tested out of competition by the IAAF in 2012.
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