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WADA's statement on audit of Jamaica's drug testing programme today

Published:Friday | November 15, 2013 | 9:24 AM

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is expected to reveal its report into an audit of Jamaica's drug testing programme today.



Concerns over Jamaica's drugs testing regime were raised after former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Renee Anne Shirley said the agency had conducted only one out-of-competition test in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.



Her revelation followed a series of positive tests for Jamaican athletes and resulted in WADA visiting the country at the end of October to assess its doping policies.



However, just ahead of releasing the report, WADA says it was satisfied that Jamaica has accepted the practical suggestions made to improve the country’s drug testing programme.



WADA posted the statement on its website following yesterday's second day of the fourth World Conference on Doping in Sports in Johannesburg, South Africa.



WADA Director General David Howman says the agency is now looking forward to Jamaica’s full implementation of the practical suggestions within the coming weeks.



The practical suggestions made by WADA include an established National Anti-Doping Organization to work with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Agency at an operational level.



WADA is also expecting Jamaica to undertake a legislative review of anti-doping law in the country along with the evaluation of JADCO’s governance and management structure.



The minister with responsibility for sports in Jamaica Natalie Neita-Headley, who is at the conference in South Africa, indicated that an additional budgetary contribution of eight million Jamaican dollars is to be made to JADCO to assist with the practical suggestions.



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