Anti-doping officials admit to errors in drug testing

By Admin Thursday April 24 2014 in Caribbean
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KINGSTON: The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has conceded that some procedures carried out last year while collecting samples for testing were not consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standards.


JADCO made its concession in a statement last week after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) criticized Jamaican anti-doping officials for the mishandling of a drug test by sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown.


Campbell-Brown, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, had a successful appeal to her two-year ban on the grounds that international standards were violated during her sample collection.


“JADCO acknowledges that some procedures carried out in the sample collection process on May 4, 2013, at the Jamaica Invitational Meet at the National Stadium, in Kingston, Jamaica were inconsistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standards,” said the statement from JADCO.


CAS has cited errors in the collection and handling of Campbell-Brown’s urine sample last year that could have resulted in its contamination.


“Specifically, no partial sample kits were used in the collection process,” said JADCO. “We therefore, take this opportunity to state that there is no documentation in existence at JADCO, indicating that WADA gave the Commission permission to deviate from the standard, which is applicable to all signatories of the WADA Code”.


Eight Jamaicans, including former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, failed doping tests last year. The failed tests resulted in an overhaul of doping procedures, highlighted by the resignation of the entire JADCO board and the appointment of a new executive director. In addition, Doping Control Officers (DCOs) are being recruited and trained to boost JADCO’s personnel.


JADCO will soon sign a Joint Training Initiative Agreement for 15 months with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).


“Currently, the restructured JADCO, working in concert with its recently appointed Chairman and Board of Commissioners, continues to refine and upgrade its operational procedures to remove any weaknesses in the system,” the JADCO statement said. “In order to further strengthen the capacity of its testing programme, JADCO has taken the necessary steps to fully adhere to all the WADA International Standards, as we are now in possession of the partial sample kits”.


The Government of Jamaica recently approved a 63 per cent increase in budgetary support to JADCO for the 2014/2015 financial year.

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