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World Anti-Doping Agency team to arrive in Jamaica today

Published:Monday | October 28, 2013 | 8:49 AM

A three-member team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica today to audit the country's anti-doping programme.

The Office of the Prime Minister says the date for WADA’s visit was mutually agreed on with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) following an invitation by the Prime Minister in August.

Earlier, British newspaper, The Telegraph, had reported that WADA was furious over Jamaica’s refusal to accommodate an audit of its anti-doping programme this year.

In the newspaper's online edition, WADA president John Fahey said he found it unacceptable that Jamaica deferred an extraordinary audit of its anti-doping programme until the New Year.

The WADA team which arrives today will comprise its Director of Education Program and Development, Rob Koehler; Director of Standard Harmonization, Rune Andersen; and Manager of Program Development Kerwin Clarke.

JADCO says the purpose of WADA's visit is to review the status the commission's operations.

This includes JADCO's drug testing programme, staffing, governance, education programme, and current cases of adverse analytical findings against some of the country’s athletes.

Two months ago, the former head of JADCO, Renee Anne Shirley, exposed some of JADCO'S failings after five Jamaicans produced adverse analytical findings.

The athletes included former 100 metre record Holder Asafa Powell and Olympian Sherone Simpson.


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