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JADCO hits back at inadequacy claims
2013-08-23 08:05:51 | (0 Comments)
The Jamaica Anti-Doping (JADCO) has hit back at claims about the inadequacy of its drugs-testing programme.
Former executive director of JADCO Renee Anne Shirley, in a Sports illustrated article accused that body as well as the government of ignoring her warnings that the positive tests returned by Asafa Powell and four other athletes were a disaster waiting to happen.
In response to her assertions the Office of the Prime Minister issued a full detailed statement in defense of JADCO’s drugs testing programme.
The statement noted that Shirley’s claims are an attempt to discredit the work of JADCO, its Commissioners, the Government of Jamaica and the success of Jamaican athletes.
It noted that Jamaican athletes were tested in June 2013 at the National Senior Athletics Championships and none of those selected to be members of the team returned adverse analytical findings.
The statement also pointed out that the athletes would also have been tested by the IAAF at the World Championships.
The Prime Minister’s office also explained in the statement that several initiatives have been undertaken in February 2012 when the new Commission took office to secure the full independence of JADCO.
It highlighted that JADCO’s budget was increased from $27.9 million in 2011/2012 to $55.8 million in 2012/2013 and a further in the 2013/2014 financial year to $63.4 million dollars.
The statement also pointed out that there has been a steady increase in the number of in-Competition and Out-of- Competition tests conducted by JADCO.
It said a total of 504 in competition tests and 372 out of competition tests have been done since May 2009 to July this year, bringing the total tests done during that period to 876.
The statement also explained that the reduction in tests done in the 2011/12 financial year was largely due to the unavailability of resources.
It also emphasized that it was JADCO which administered the tests in June 2013 when five Jamaican athletes were found to have returned with Adverse Analytical Findings.
The Prime Minister’s office notes that JADCO will continue to collaborate with the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, to improve its systems.
It has also sought to assure that Jamaican athletes face no threat of being barred from participation in the next Olympic Games or other international events.
WADA had warned that Jamaica risks expulsion from the 2016 Olympics and other major competitions if it fails to address failings highlighted by JADCo’s Former executive director.
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