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World Anti-Doping Agency team arrives

Published:Monday | October 28, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner writer

A three-member team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has arrived in Jamaica.

The team has been sent to audit the country's anti-doping programme.

The team which arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport within the last hour, is expected to have a private meeting with officials of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission at 4 p.m. today.

The WADA team is comprised of its Director of Education Program and Development, Rob Koehler; Director of Standard Harmonization, Rune Andersen; and Manager of Program Development, Kerwin Clarke.

In August, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller sent an invitation to the WADA.

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.


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