JADCO increases number of doping tests
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) conducted 427 doping tests on Jamaican athletes in the three quarters between April and December last year, according to statistics published on the commission's website.
In total, 39 in-competition blood tests with a further 82 out-of-competition tests were performed on Jamaican athletes, while 122 in-competition urine tests and 184 out -f-competition urine tests were performed.
Of that figure, the website said 22 in-competition urine tests were conducted by agencies contracted by the commission, while one out-of-competition blood test was executed by a contracted entity.
The number was also 86 more than conducted in the corresponding period last year when 341 tests were conducted. In 2014, 307 tests were conducted in the same period. JADCO statistics also showed that blood tests were conducted after 2014.
Former JADCO doping control officer Dr Paul Wright welcomed the blood tests. He told STAR Sports that it is essential for JADCO to keep a blood passport for all athletes.
"(Because) people go on drugs that they (JADCO) can't detect, they have to track the indices; and they should see the change, because there are substances that are not detectable in urine. That is why the blood passport is a vital armament in the sport," he said.
JADCO noted that the tests were based on the fiscal year April 2016 to March 2017.