Former Jamaica Anti-Doping Executive Dir Says Country Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test
Former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Executive Dir Renee Anne Shirley claimed that the organization "has never conducted a blood test and is so short-staffed that it risks botching the prosecution of athletes on drug charges," according to Simon Hart of the London TELEGRAPH. Shirley prompted an investigation into Jamaica's anti-doping program by the World Anti-Doping Agency "following her revelation in a magazine article that JADCO carried out just one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to the London Olympics." Now Shirley has added to her criticisms of Jamaica's anti-doping measures by claiming that "blood-testing kits that were delivered during her tenure at JADCO have never been used." Instead, she said that Jamaican athletes "are subject only to urine tests by JADCO, even though blood-testing is the only way to detect the presence of human growth hormone" -- a substance that could be of particular advantage to sprinters. Shirley: "Why have they not started doing blood tests and looking for things like HGH? I know that 30 kits were bought and I left them there. To the best of my knowledge, eight months later I don't know if Jamaica has started doing blood tests" (TELEGRAPH, 10/16).