Eleven Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) board members have resigned following its recent drug-testing crisis.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently paid a visit to the Carribean island nation in the wake of speculations concerning incomprehensive drug testing prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Six Jamaican athletes have tested positive for banned substances in 2013. Former 100m world-record holder Asafa Powell and his training partner Sherrone Simpson headlined the list of the Athletes.
The nation’s sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley hailed the JADCO members for their swift decision, saying: “Quite recently, JADCO’s commissioners met and acknowledged that there is a public perception of the existence of conflicts of interest among some of the members of the commission.
“The commissioner have taken a decision, in the national interest and in order to facilitate the re-structuring of JADCO, to tender their resignations which will take effect on 31 December 2013. The Prime Minister respects the decision of the commissioners and has accepted their resignations.”
Neita-Headley also pointed out WADA has not yet declared JADCO “non compliant” despite its shortcomings.
“At no point has WADA ever deemed Jamaica or JADCO to be non-compliant. At no time has, WADA threatened to bar Jamaica or Jamaican athletes from participating in any international event- Olympic Games, World Championship or the like,” said Neita-Headley.
“As we continue to build on this rich sporting legacy, the Government of Jamaica will continue to do whatever it can to protect our good name and reputation and in the maintenance of a doping-free sporting development.”