World Anti-Doping Agency Officials To Visit Jamaica Next Week To Conduct Audit
The World Anti-Doping Agency "will visit Jamaica next week to conduct an audit of the country's anti-doping program after the world body expressed anger at the Caribbean nation's reluctance to schedule a visit until next year," according to Kayon Raynor of REUTERS. Three WADA officials, however, "are now expected to arrive for a two-day visit" on Monday and Tuesday. Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission Chair Herb Elliott "did not provide the names of the WADA officials who will conduct the investigation after several Jamaican athletes tested positive for doping offences this year" (REUTERS, 10/23). In London, Simon Hart reported WADA was invited by Jamaican PM Portia Simpson-Miller "to investigate allegations" by JADCO's former Exec Dir, Renee Anne Shirley, that "the commission had serious deficiencies and had carried out just one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to last year’s London Olympics." But JADCO said that "it was unable to accommodate a WADA inspection team until January at the earliest, provoking a furious response from the world agency" (TELEGRAPH, 10/23).