The Jamaica Anti-Doping (JADCO) views with deep concern the utterances by various persons in the public sphere in their attempt to discredit the work of JADCO, its Commissioners, the Government of Jamaica and the success of Jamaican athletes.
Like most Jamaicans, JADCO joins in congratulating our athletes for their outstanding performances at the recently concluded World Championships. Our athletes were tested in June 2013 at the National Senior Athletics Championships and none of those selected to be members of Team Jamaica returned adverse analytical findings. They would also have been tested by the IAAF at the World Championships, as they are in every major international competition.
In February 2012 when the new Commission took office the mandate given by the Government was to undertake steps to secure the full independence of JADCO. It is to be noted that JADCO was formed in 2008 and it began testing in 2009.
In this regard several initiatives were undertaken:
i. An increase in JADCO’s budget from $27.9M in 2011/2012 to $55.8M in 2012/2013. The budget increased further in the 2013/2014 financial year to $63.4M.
ii. A Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee, an independent body, was established by the Commissioners on 3 August 2012 in keeping with the provisions of the Anti-Doping in Sport Act. The TUE Committee has considered and taken decisions on the applications they have received for TUE Certificates….READ MORE