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Usain Bolt after his victory and world record in the 100m at the bird's nest, during 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Jmex60/Wikimedia)

Jamaica Facing Olympic Ban

Delays WADA audit

Usain Bolt Olympics Bejing

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is threatening to ban Jamaica from international competitions, such as the Olympics, after the Caribbean nation attempted to defer an audit of its anti-doping program until 2014.

“The current position is unacceptable to WADA and we’re not going to take it lying down, their suggestion that they’ll talk to us next year,” WADA president John Fahey told The Daily Telegraph. “To suggest to WADA they’re not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometimes next year is unsatisfactory. It’s totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame.”

Wada director general David Howman had planned to investigate the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission after allegations that Jamaican athletes were not drug tested leading up to last year’s London Olympics and five Jamaicans failed drug tests since London 2012, which includes former men’s 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell.

Powell and Olympic 4×100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson are scheduled to appear before a disciplinary panel of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission in January.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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