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SBD Global/October 23, 2013/Olympics
Jamaica Risks Olympic Ban In Row Over Drug-Testing Inquiry
Published October 23, 2013
OPTIONS OPEN: REUTERS' Ian Ransom reported Fahey "stopped short of threatening sanctions but said there were 'a number of options' open to WADA." The "most severe would be to declare Jamaica 'non-compliant' with the WADA code," which would pave the way for global sports bodies like the IOC or int'l federations to impose punitive measures. Only WADA code-compliant sports "can participate in the Olympic Games." JADCO was "not immediately available for comment" (REUTERS, 10/21).
JAMAICA HITS BACK: In London, Rick Broadbent reported the governing body of Jamaican athletics "has poured scorn on claims that the country’s athletes could be thrown out of the Olympic Games." Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Dr. Warren Blake said, “I don’t think it’s a possibility at all. What would London have been without Jamaica? What would 2012 have been without our athletes? It’s not going to happen” (LONDON TIMES, 10/23).