WADA doubtful of Jamaica’s anti-doping programme
Track and field’s world governing body the IAAF says it is not concerned about the proposed visit to Jamaica by the World Anti-Doping Agency or the testing of Jamaican athletes including six times Olympic champion and double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt.
According to International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spokesman Chris Turner “It is abundantly clear that the testing of Jamaican athletes before London was extensive and thorough – and continues to be so today”.
By comparison, 43 U.S. athletes in the 2012 pool were tested 222 times, an average of 5.16.
“Incidentally, Usain Bolt is one of the most tested athletes in the RTP and under the jurisdiction of the IAAF was tested over a dozen times in and out of competition in 2012.” Turner said.
Including all tests under the IAAF’s jurisdiction, 37 Jamaican athletes were tested out of competition by the IAAF in 2012, Turner said, “a robust and comprehensive programme which concentrated on training camps and accounted for every top international athlete from that country”.
The statement by the IAAF follows WADA announcing it is planning a special visit to Jamaica next year following concerns over the Caribbean island’s anti-doping programmes.
WADA has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica to visit and inspect JADCO (the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission),” WADA said in a statement on Monday.
The visit follows comments by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley that there had been a significant gap in out-of competition testing by JADCO in the months prior to the 2012 London Olympics, where Jamaican sprinters were dominant.
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