‘JADCO hit­ting test­ing tar­gets’

Spence-Jar­rett: We have set a tar­get of 500 urine and 100 blood tests

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Rachid Parch­ment/Sports News Co­or­di­na­tor

JA­MAICA ANTI-DOP­ING Com­mis­sion (JADCO) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, June Spence-Jar­rett, says that the body is on tar­get to com­plete 600 tests on ath­letes for the year.

Spence-Jar­rett men­tioned the fig­ure while ad­dress­ing the Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Com­mit­tee (PAAC) at Gor­don House on Wed­nes­day. The meet­ing, which also fea­tured the In­sti­tute of Sports and the Sports Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, sought to get an ex­pla­na­tion on whether each agency had any chal­lenges in their func­tion­ing, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive.

“So far, we have set a tar­get of 500 urine tests and 100 blood tests,” she said. “So far, we have done 150 urine tests out of com­pe­ti­tion and 116 urine tests in com­pe­ti­tion. We have so far done 43 blood tests out of com­pe­ti­tion and 39 blood tests in com­pe­ti­tion. So we are well on our way.”

EX­PAND OUT­REACH

Spence-Jar­rett said that JADCO will also ex­pand its out­reach, re­gard­ing aware­ness of anti-dop­ing pro­ce­dures, to more use of tele­vi­sion and ra­dio public­ser­vice an­nounce­ments and the wrap­ping of pub­lic buses with ad­ver­tise­ments. She said that this would help to send a mes­sage not just to ur­ban, but to ru­ral Ja­maica as well.

An­other method of out­reach men­tioned by Spence-Jar­rett was that JADCO will also go into schools and have work­shops on anti-dop­ing reg­u­la­tions and pro­ce­dures with not only stu­dent ath­letes, but also their par­ents, through par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion meet­ings. She said that the first pre­sen­ta­tion will take place at Ja­maica Col­lege.

PAAC chair­man Dr Wyke­ham McNeill asked Spence-Jar­rett whether JADCO was on what he de­scribed as the “cut­ting edge” of anti-dop­ing pro­ce­dures, and among the best in the world with re­gard to its stan­dard of test­ing.

“Yes it is, and we want to main­tain that brand,” Spence-Jar­rett re­sponded. “We are Brand Ja­maica and we must keep it up be­fore it gets any­where else. This is why we are em­bark­ing on a rig­or­ous ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme so ath­letes know their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Spence-Jar­rett was ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in March this year after the dis­missal of Carey Brown, who was re­moved from the role in Oc­to­ber, 2017.

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