Jamaica making anti-doping strides, says WADA chief
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica has made progress toward beefing up drug-testing and repairing its tarnished sprinting reputation following a string of doping scandals, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency told Reuters on Tuesday.
WADA president Sir Craig Reedie arrived in Jamaica on Friday to check on the Caribbean sprint capital's anti-doping efforts after high-profile positive tests around the 2012 London Olympics raised red flags over the island's drug-testing.
Reedie, the first WADA president to visit Jamaica, concluded his visit by saying he was "encouraged and hugely impressed" by the steps taken by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.
"They have put behind them the troubles that were very public two or three years ago," said Reedie. "It's been a big effort, there are a number of different priorities, they been well supported by government."
In the aftermath of the doping scandals the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) changed its board of directors, employed a new executive director and implemented a battery of recommendations proposed by WADA.
Reedie was also given updates about anti-doping legislation passed last December and plans for drug testing in 2015.
Carey Brown, executive director of JADCO, revealed on Tuesday that those plans include blood testing starting in April.
JADCO Chairman Danny Williams expressed his delight with the comments made by the WADA boss. Continued...