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WADA chief slams Jamaica for stonewalling dope probe

The credibility of Jamaica’s anti-doping work has been further called into question.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief John Fahey has slammed Jamaican authorities for failing to accommodate an independent audit of their anti-doping regime until next year.

WADA was “unhappy” the visit could not be arranged this year in the wake of a string of drugs offences involving local athletes. “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,” Fahey told Daily Telegraph. “To suggest to WADA they’re not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until some time next year is unsatisfactory,it’s totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame.”

Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell,twice 200 m Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and London Games 4×100 relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson all failed drug tests in August.

The credibility of Jamaica’s anti-doping work has been further called into question by Renee Anne Shirley,a former senior official with the country’s anti-doping agency,who told Sports Illustrated the authority had carried out just one out-of-competition test from Feb. 2012 to the start of the London Olympics in July.

Fahey stopped short of threatening sanctions but said there were “a number of options” open to WADA. The most severe would be to declare Jamaica “non-compliant” with the WADA code,which would pave the way for global sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee or international federations to impose punitive measures.