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'Farcical' Jamaica risking Olympics axe

ESPN staff
October 22, 2013
Jamaica's sprint stars such as Usain Bolt could be excluded from the 2016 Olympics © AP

Jamaica have been left facing up to the possibility of Olympics expulsion after the World Anti-Doping Agency labelled the island's drug testers "farcical", warning them they are in a race against time to prove they can meet international standards.

Former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission chief Renee Anne Shirley brought the organisation under intense scrutiny by claiming they carried out just a single out-of-competition test in the five months leading up to the Olympics, and never used the blood testing kits they had available while she was there. Shirley departed Jadco in February.

Wada in turn are launching an "extraordinary" audit of the organisation, though Jadco say they cannot accommodate such a probe until 2014.

Branding Jadco's position "farcical", Wada president John Fahey told the Daily Telegraph: "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.

"To suggest to Wada they're not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometime next year is unsatisfactory, it's totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame."

Wada could possibly declare Jadco non-compliant, which would mean Jamaica's athletes would be suspended from competing in global competitions including the Olympics and World Championships.

Fahey added: "There are a number of options. You can read into that exactly what those words are likely to mean but I don't want to flag it up."

Five Jamaican sprinters tested positive earlier this year, including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson. Earlier this month Veronica Campbell-Brown escaped with just a public warning for a positive test.

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