22 Oct 2013

WADA says it's unacceptable Jamaican audit can't take place this year

6:41 pm on 22 October 2013

The World Anti-Doping Agency has criticised Jamaican athletics officials for failing to accommodate an independent audit of their anti-doping regime until next year.

WADA said last week the Jamaican prime minister had invited a special team to inspect the country's anti-doping authority but the organisation's chief executive John Fahey asys it's unacceptable the visit can't take place this year in the wake of a string of drugs offences involving local athletes.

The former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and London Games relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson all failed drug tests and were left out of Jamaica's team for August's world champs.

Fahey has stopped short of threatening sanctions but says there are a number of options.

The most severe would be to declare Jamaica "non-compliant" with the WADA code.

Only WADA code-compliant sports can participate in the Olympic Games.