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Anne Shirley continues criticism of JADCO's testing practices

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer

Renee Anne Shirley, the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) who has prompted an investigation into the country’s anti-doping programme by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has added to her criticisms.

Shirley this time told The Telegraph that JADCO has never conducted a blood test on its athletes.

Shirley says the organisation is so short-staffed that it risks botching its prosecutions of accused athletes Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson when they face drug hearings in three months’.

Shirley has added to her criticisms of Jamaica’s anti-doping measures by claiming that blood-testing kits that were delivered during her tenure at JADCO have never been used.

Instead, she says Jamaican athletes are subject only to urine tests by JADCO, even though blood-testing is the only way to detect the presence of human growth hormone – a substance that could be of particular advantage to sprinters.

Shirley, who served as executive director from July 2012 until February this year, has already prompted an investigation into Jamaica’s anti-doping programme following her revelation in a magazine article that JADCO carried out just one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to the London Olympics.

In direct response to her allegation, WADA revealed on Monday that it would be visiting Jamaica in January to carry out an “extraordinary audit” of JADCO’s activities.


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