23 Nov 2013

Jamaican Anti-Doping Board resigns

4:18 pm on 23 November 2013

The chairman and the entire board of the embattled Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission have resigned in the wake of doubts over the effectiveness of the country's anti-doping efforts.

Natalie Neita-Headley, government minister with responsibility for sport, says their resignations was necessary because of public perception of the existence of conflicts of interests.

The changes were not unexpected after an extraordinary audit of JADCO's operations by a three-person panel from the World Anti-Doping Agency in October.

In August, just days after Jamaica's participation at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, the former executive director of JADCO Renee Anne Shirley wrote in US magazine Sports Illustrated about flaws in Jamaica's anti-doping system.

Eight Jamaicans in three different sports tested positive for a variety of banned drugs.

They included six track and field athletes led by two-time 200-metre Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, former men's 100m world-record holder Asafa Powell and two-time Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson.