29 Oct 2013

WADA arrives to review Jamaica's anti-doping programme

2:17 pm on 29 October 2013

Three high-ranking officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency have arrived in Jamaica to conduct their audit of the country's anti-doping programmes after weeks of criticism following positive tests from several high-profile athletes.

They will examine JADCO's drug testing programme, staffing, governance, education programme, and current cases of adverse analytical findings against some of the country's athletes.

WADA had been invited to conduct an audit of the anti-doping programme by the Jamaican government, but officials from the world governing body had expressed their anger at a delay in organising the visit.

President John Fahey had suggested the Caribbean nation could face severe penalties if they were declared non-compliant with the WADA code, prompting JADCO to expedite the visit after several athletes tested positive for doping offences this year.