Sunday 01, Dec 2013
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The entire board of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission and its chairman, Dr. Herb Elliot, has resigned, after World Anti-Doping Agency officials visited Jamaica to conduct what the nation’s minister for sport called an “extraordinary audit.”
The board members will step down on December 31.
The island country has been facing doping allegations and being lenient and not doing enough to catch sport cheaters after JADCO’s former executive director, Renee Anne Shirley, revealed in an article that JADCO conducted only one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to the 2012 Olympics. She added that JADCO had never conducted a blood test on an athlete and that it was perpetually understaffed.
Six Jamaican track and field athletes have been banned for positive drug tests in 2013, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown, former world 100-meter record holder Asafa Powell, and relay gold medalist Sherone Simpson.
Powell and Simpson tested positive for oxilofrine and Campbell-Brown was found to have used a diuretic.
Meanwhile, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt, the two Jamaican sprint superstars who are the 2013 IAAF Athletes of the Year, have strongly defended the country’s anti-doping program.
Bolt recently remarked that he lost a lucrative sponsorship because the would-be sponsor was made to believe that he would not be eligible for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“That information is not correct,” stated Bolt. “There are a lot of things that are going on with this drugs thing that I really feel they need to clarify because, for me, it’s causing problems for me when it comes to making money from my sport. We really need to get this out of the way and move past this, get the rules down, get everything straight.”
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