Wada re­port wants Ja to re­view anti- dop­ing laws

The Star (Jamaica) - - PENPAL/ SPORTS -

The World Anti- Dop­ing Agency ( WADA) wants Ja­maica to re­view its anti- dop­ing laws as part of a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions de­signed to help the coun­try re­bound from a dop­ing scan­dal.

WADA is also rec­om­mend­ing an eval­u­a­tion of the Ja­maica An­ti­Dop­ing Com­mis­sion ( JADCO’s) gov­er­nance and man­age­ment struc­ture, as well as a Na­tional Anti- Dop­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion to work with ( JADCO).

The rec­om­men­da­tions are con­tained in a re­port compiled by WADA af­ter its two- day in­spec­tion visit to Ja­maica re­cently.

Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for sports Natalie Neita- Headley has given WADA the as­sur­ance that the Ja­maican Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing the de­fi­cien­cies in her coun­try’s anti- dop­ing pro­gramme.

Neita- Headley has also as­sured WADA that ad­di­tional bud­getary re­sources will be made avail­able to JADCO and said va­cant posts at the com­mis­sion will soon be filled.

A re­lease from the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter in Ja­maica has quoted WADA as say­ing that it is “sat­is­fied that the min­is­ter has ac­cepted the prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions made and now looks for­ward to the full and speedy im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions”.

Neita- Headley, who is in South Africa at­tend­ing the 4th World Con­fer­ence on Dop­ing in Sport, met with ( WADA) Direc­tor Gen­eral David How­man Thurs­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing the WADA re­port.

“We are work­ing very closely to­gether now to im­ple­ment them ( the rec­om­men­da­tions), and I am very con­fi­dent that the pro­gramme in Ja­maica, which suf­fered a lit­tle bit in the past, will re­turn to its ro­bust state,” How­man said.

“The is­sues have cer­tainly been aired and clar­i­fied in the best pos­si­ble way with the min­is­ter.”

The WADA re­port on Ja­maica was sched­uled to be ex­am­ined dur­ing yes­ter­day’s fi­nal day of the World Con­fer­ence on Dop­ing in Sport.

David How­man

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