WADA crit­i­cism of Ja ex­ces­sive says IAAF of­fi­cial

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - AN­DRE LOWE

MONTE CARLO, Monaco: t least one high- rank­ing IAAF of­fi­cial has la­belled the World Anti- Dop­ing Agency’s ( WADA) crit­i­cism of Ja­maica’s an­ti­dop­ing ef­forts as ‘ ex­ces­sive’, warn­ing that the ‘ nar­rowmis­sion’ ap­proach from the in­ter­na­tional dop­ing watch­dogs could un­der­mine the IAAF’s work to­wards se­cur­ing the in­tegrity of the sport.

IAAF deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary, Nick Davies, said yes­ter­day, dur­ing the build- up to the IAAF Awards Cer­e­mony and Gala celebrations here, that while track and field’s world gov­ern­ing body fully sup­port’s WADA’s push to strengthen the do­mes­tic anti- dop­ing arm, JADCO, it should be care­ful not to give the im­pres­sion that the is­land’s ath­letes aren’t be­ing tested. An ap­proach that he be­lieves will un­fairly dam­age the coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion and that of the sport in gen­eral.

“It ( WADA crit­i­cism) is ex­ces­sive, and to be a bit cyn­i­cal, I would link it with the need to create a lot of me­dia at­ten­tion in the lead up to the re­cent World Anti- dop­ing Con­fer­ence, which is tak­ing place

Ain Jo­han­nes­burg,” said Davies.

“We should be care­ful about mak­ing a WADA prob­lem with a na­tional anti- dop­ing agency a rea­son to ques­tion the in­tegrity of Ja­maican ath­letes as a whole.”

“The IAAF wants to make the dis­tinc­tion be­tween WADA’s con­cern about the chal­lenges it faces to meet its own re­spon­si­bil­ity and de­sire to set up Na­tional Anti- Dop­ing Agen­cies, such as JADCO. Un­for­tu­nately for the IAAF, the pub­lic­ity that WADA is cre­at­ing as a re­sult of this nar­row mis­sion is be­gin­ning to un­der­mine all the good work done by the IAAF and the sport of ath­let­ics in anti- dop­ing and blur the mes­sage that, in fact, the IAAF is suc­cess­fully re­spon­si­ble for testing Ja­maican ath­letes ex­ten­sively both in com­pe­ti­tion and out of com­pe­ti­tion,” added Davies.


“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble in terms of our testing pro­gramme to en­sure that the top Ja­maican ath­letes are tested reg­u­larly, Usain Bolt, for ex­am­ple, is the world’s most tested ath­lete so far in 2013! But we are also try­ing to sup­port WADA’s ef­forts to set up JADCO as we strongly ap­prove of ef­forts by coun­tries to set up their own na­tional anti- dop­ing agen­cies, but hav­ing said that, the IAAF is also there to sup­port and cover in terms of anti- dop­ing,” said Davies.

Bolt was tested more than 12 times last year while Yo­han Blake was tested over 14 times over the same pe­riod.

Ja­maica has been lashed with heavy crit­i­cism from the in­ter­na­tional body es­pe­cially af­ter a damn­ing re­port from for­mer JADCO boss Renee Anne Shirley, which pointed to gap­ing in­ad­e­qua­cies at the five year- old or­gan­i­sa­tion.


Nick Davies

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