Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission concedes that anti-doping procedures in 2013 fell short of international standards

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has conceded that some procedures carried out while collecting samples for testing last year were not consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standards.

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

Three-time Olympic gold medallist, Campbell-Brown 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 the 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 metres world record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, failed doping test last year forcing a major overhaul of doping procedures highlighted by the resignation of the entire JADCO board and the appointment of a new executive director. Additionally, Doping Control Officers (DCOs) are being recruited and trained to boost JADCO’s personnel.

JADCO is soon to 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).
The Jamaica Government recently approved a 63% increase in budgetary support to JADCO for the 2014/2015 financial year.

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