WADA finds JADCO's 2013 assessment deferral 'unacceptable', hints at action
The online edition of the Telegraph is reporting that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was considering taking action against Jamaica last night for non-compliance with its drug-testing responsibilities.
The Telegraph reported that WADA's president John Fahey found it unacceptable after Jamaica deferred an extraordinary audit of its anti-doping programme until the New Year.
WADA director general David Howman had planned to lead a commission to Jamaica, after being invited by the island’s prime minister to investigate revelations from the former executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that it conducted no drug tests in the five months leading up to last year’s Olympics.
However, The Telegraph reported that JADCO’s refusal to accommodate the commission during the remainder of 2013 infuriated Fahey.
Branding JADCO’s position “farcical”, Fahey said: “The current position is unacceptable to WADA and we’re not going to take it lying down”.
“To suggest to WADA they’re not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometime next year is unsatisfactory, it’s totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame, Fahey said.”
Pressed over whether Jamaica would be declared non-compliant, Fahey added: “There are a number of options. You can read into that exactly what those words are likely to mean but I don’t want to flag it up.”
The former head of JADCO, Renee Anne Shirley, blew the whistle on Jamaica’s lack of drug testing two months ago.
She spoke out after five Jamaicans produced adverse findings in July, including former 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell, who denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Following Shirley’s revelations, WADA director general warned Jamaica risked expulsion from the Olympics and World Championships by the International Olympic Committee and International Association of Athletics Federations if it failed to address Shirley’s concerns.
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