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JAMPRO chastised for statement on athlete's positive tests
2013-07-16 17:46:11 | with audio | (0 Comments)
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio
Karl Samuda – File
An opposition parliamentarian this afternoon chastised the agency responsible for marketing Jamaica’s image to the world, JAMPRO, for its response to news that five Jamaican athletes have tested positive for banned substances.
On Sunday it was revealed that among the five, were former 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell and his MVP teammate Sherone Simpson who tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month.
JAMPRO’s Communication Manager, Mark Thomas has said brand Jamaica will not suffer greatly as a result of the doping allegations, as the country is seen as more than just an island of great sprint athletes.
However, MP for North central St Andrew, Karl Samuda, this afternoon described the statement as ridiculous.
He stated that JAMPRO should at this time be trying to find ways to minimise or repair the damage done to the brand.
Responding to the comments by Samuda, Industry and Commerce Minister, Anthony Hylton, said he would investigate the context in which JAMPRO made the statement.
Hylton said he was not aware of the statement by JAMPRO, though he sought to provide an explanation of how it could have been made.
The parliamentarians were making their contributions to the debate on a bill to amend the Trademarks Act in the House of Representatives.
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