- “Such a visit is welcomed, as Jamaica seeks to maintain its unwavering commitment to integrity in sport."
- Since September 2013, WADA and JADCO have been communicating to schedule an appropriate date for a visit.
- JADCO has proposed that the visit occur in January 2014.
The Government of Jamaica takes note of reports regarding what appears to be announced plans of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to visit Jamaica to look at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s (JADCO’s) processes.
The Government welcomes WADA’s acceptance of the invitation extended by the Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on August 5, 2013 in a letter to IAAF President, Lamine Diak, which was copied to the President of WADA, John Fahey, and WADA’s offer to send a delegation to Jamaica to hold meetings and discussions.
“Such a visit is welcomed, as Jamaica seeks to maintain its unwavering commitment to integrity in sport. We are happy for all the technical support WADA and the IAAF have provided and continue to provide in order that our systems will become first rate,” the Prime Minister said.
Since September 2013, WADA and JADCO have been communicating to schedule an appropriate date for a visit. In a letter dated September 19th, WADA accepted the Prime Minister’s invitation and proposed a visit in October. JADCO responded to WADA on September 30th expressing that the proposed date, though timely, was inconvenient as there were several competing activities leading up to the end of the year, including JADCO’s participation in the upcoming WADA Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in November. In addition, three of the five hearings for the recent Adverse Analytic Findings will be conducted during December. Instead, JADCO proposed that the visit occur in January 2014.
JADCO still awaits further correspondence from WADA as to the suitability of this proposed date.