Positive doping tests could be 'tip of the iceberg' warns senior drug tester in Jamaica
Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among the high profile athletes to test positive recently
Monday 11 November 2013
A senior Jamaican drug tester believes the country’s recent spate of positive tests could be just the “tip of the iceberg.” Five Jamaican sprinters failed tests – including Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder – in June amid accusations that the testing regime within the country is inadequate.
The World Anti-Doping Agency recently carried out an extraordinary audit of the Jamaican testing system, run by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission, and their findings will be discussed at its annual congress which begins in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Jadco has been heavily criticised for its failure to carry out a significant number of out-of-competition tests, conducting one in the six months before London 2012.
“The results are not good,” said Dr Paul Wright, Jadco’s senior doping control officer, in an interview with the BBC. “This year alone the results really point the finger. And remember, all of these results except one were caught by Jadco. The problem is these people were tested positive in competition.
“Testing positive in competition - what that means is months before you know the date of the test. This could be the tip of the iceberg to have so many positives coming in competition. What is going to convince me is if there is an out-of-competition test that’s unannounced. Then we can say that we know that there’s nothing.”
Jamaica’s sports minister has promised to increase spending on doping and the number of testers.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
Latest in Sport
Daniel Sturridge injury latest: Liverpool striker says he is 'closer to fitness each day'
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal player ratings: How did Ozil and Welbeck do in Germany?
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Mesut Ozil given the worst rating possible by German newspaper Bild after poor performance
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City player ratings: Joe Hart? Thomas Muller? Jerome Boateng? Who was the star man?
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Promising volunteer Trustee op...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...
£110 - £130 per hour: Randstad Education Reading: Psychology Teacher needed fo...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Randstad Education are curren...