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Jamaica hits back at claims of lax anti-doping controls

August 23, 2013 08:37 IST

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has hit back at allegations of poor administration and a lack of controls by a former official, insisting the authority's practices meet global standards.

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Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior advisor to Jamaica's sports minister who was charged with coordinating the nation's 'Anti-Doping in Sport Programme', wrote of "troubling" facts about JADCO's work in a critical article in Sports Illustrated this week.

Shirley said that between February 2012 and the start of the London Olympics in July, JADCO carried out just one out-of-competition test.

Jamaica hits back at claims of lax anti-doping controlsThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a statement on Thursday urging JADCO to respond "urgently and appropriately" to Shirley's comments, which have followed a string of positive doping tests returned by Jamaican athletes in recent months.

JADCO said its procedures and processes were "in keeping with international standards" in a statement issued on Thursday.

They had been reviewed by "... quasi-judicial bodies like the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal, and judicial body outside of Jamaica, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which as recently as this year found them beyond reproof," JADCO said.

The authority said it had been working closely with WADA, who had visited in July last year and "expressed satisfaction with the development of JADCO" and its new commissioners.

"JADCO will continue to collaborate with WADA to improve its systems, and is assured that Jamaican athletes face no threat of being barred from participation in the next Olympic Games or other international events," the statement added.

The rash of positive doping tests threw a cloud over the country's preparations for August's world championships.

Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at June's national championships and were left out of the Jamaican team for Moscow.

World 200 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown also missed out as she was provisionally suspended after failing a test for a banned diuretic in May.

Image: Gold medalists Carrie Russell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Schillonie Calvert and Nickiesha Wilson of Jamaica pose with the clock after setting a new championship record
Photographs: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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