WADA chief visits Jamaica to check anti-doping efforts

Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:37pm EST
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie arrived in Jamaica on Friday to check on the Caribbean sprint capital's anti-doping efforts following a string of high-profile positive drug tests.

Reedie, the first WADA president to visit Jamaica, was joined on the trip by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) presidential candidate Sebastian Coe.

Reedie, who started his three-year term as head of WADA in January 2014 is scheduled to meet with the boards of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO), the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) as well as Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Shortly after his arrival Reedie said he believes the Caribbean sprint nation is moving in the right direction in improving its drug testing program.

“We are familiar with the recommendations that we made (to JADCO), we are familiar with the steps that Jamaica have taken and they all seem to us to be highly productive and heading in exactly the right direction," said Reedie told Reuters. "We’ll know more after I speak to the people here in Kingston.

“But I was always on the record that this was never a test free zone.

"All your stars are in the registered testing pool of the IAAF and testing takes place, it’s just that I think rest of the world expected Jamaica to do rather more Jamaica,” the WADA boss added.

A three-man WADA team came to Jamaica in October 2013 to carry out a forensic audit of the JADCO following a string of high-profile positive drug tests including Olympic and world championship medalists Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown.   Continued...