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Former world record Holder Asafa Powell running away from Keston Bledman (left) and Florin Suciu (middle) during the first round heat in the men's 100 meters. Asafa Powell tested positive for performance enhancing drugs this summer. (Eckhard Pecher/Wikimedia)

Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Board Resigns

Eleven commissioners resign after drug-testing crisis

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Following a recent emergency audit from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), all 11 members of Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) have resigned, the Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner reports. 

Natalie Neita-Headley, the minister responsible for sport in Jamaica, said in a statement, “Quite recently, Jadco’s commissioners met and acknowledged that there is a public perception of the existence of conflicts of interests among some of the members of the commission.”

This mass resignation comes after months of scrutiny and scandal around the island nation’s anti-doping comission. Five Jamaican athletes tested positive for banned substances this summer, including former 100 meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and world 200-meter champion Veronica Campbell-Brown.

In August, the former head of Jadco, Renee Anne Shirley, told Sports Illustrated that there had been only one out-of-competition test from February 2012 to the start of the London Olympics five months later.

Following Shirley’s revelations, Jamaica delayed a WADA investigation into Shirley’s claims, and WADA director general threatened to ban the sprinting island nation from the Olympics and World Championships.

A new board of directors will be announced on January 1, 2014.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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