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Prime Minister speaks on doping development
2013-07-16 17:38:49 | (0 Comments)
Debbie-Ann Wright, Editor - Radio
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller - File Photo
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has responded to the latest doping issues rocking Jamaica.
Simpson Miller, who is also the Minister of Sports, responded to the matter in the House of Representatives this afternoon.
She said she she did not speak before because she needed to have all the facts.
According to the Prime Minister, Jamaica stands by its athletes but also notes the importance of integrity in sports.
She said Jamaica consistently has a rigorous anti-doping programme evidenced by the fact that these latest doping violations were revealed through testing by the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission.
The Prime Minister revealed that in four years, there have been 16 adverse analytical findings among Jamaican athletes - six in 2009, two in 2011, two in 2012, and six in 2013.
She also announced that the Government intends to start high school-level doping tests after consultation with parents, education ministry and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Opposition spokesperson on sports, Olivia Grange, is urging Jamaicans not to lose faith in the country’s athletes because of the latest developments.
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