WADA recommends review of Jamaica's doping laws
Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer
A senior official at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) has stipulated that Jamaica undertake a legislative review of its anti-doping laws.
WADA also wants an evaluation of JADCO’s governance and management.
At the same time it has emerged that WADA has concluded that Jamaica is compliant with the code of the anti-doping agency.
Yesterday WADA said it was satisfied that Jamaica has accepted the practical suggestions to improve the country’s drug testing programme.
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.
Concerns over Jamaica's drugs testing regime were raised after former JADCO executive director 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.
WADA is now hosting a World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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