KINGSTON: President of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, is defending Jamaican athletes following threats by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
WADA claims that not enough was being done by the nation’s track and field officials to deal with drug use in the sport.
“Our athletes are the most tested in the world, as prior to the London Olympic Games, some 125 drug (tests) was done on our elite athletes by the IAAF,” said Dr. Blake while delivering his presidential report at the JAAA’s annual general meeting in Kingston last week.
“While WADA was not doing enough, the IAAF was extensively testing our athletes and our athletes are tested more than any other athletes in the world.
“When you look at the performances of our athletes since this extensive drug testing by the IAAF it is the best medal haul we have had in major competition in our history,” said Blake.
WADA’s criticisms were sparked by a report published by former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) executive director, Renee Anne Shirley, claiming discrepancies in the nation’s out-of-competition testing of its athletes.
Several Jamaican high-profile athletes, including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, had returned adverse analytical findings.