WADA plans special visit to Jamaica
By Gene Cherry
(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a special visit to Jamaica next year following concerns over the Caribbean island's anti-doping programs.
"WADA has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica to visit and inspect JADCO (the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission)," WADA said in a statement to Reuters on Monday.
The visit follows comments by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley that there had been a significant gap in out-of competition testing by JADCO in the months prior to the 2012 London Olympics, where Jamaican sprinters were dominant.
Later on Monday, Jamaican anti-doping sources told Reuters that Jamaican taekwondo Olympian Kenneth Edwards had tested positive for a banned diuretic during an out-of-competition test carried out by JADCO.
Edwards, 27, who won the heavyweight bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010, is the eighth Jamaican to test positive for a banned substance this year.
Former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 meters Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and London Games 4x100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson are among the other offenders.
WADA had hoped to make the inspection this year but "was unhappy to learn that JADCO cannot accommodate this visit until 2014," the anti-doping agency said.
JADCO chairman Herb Elliott declined to comment on the visit. Continued...