Grange reaffirms confidence in JADCO
SPORTS Minister Olivia Grange has reaffirmed her confidence in the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after two high-profile cases left the local anti-doping agency with eggs on its face.
JADCO in May abandoned an appeal against a one-year ban imposed on Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Andre Russell. JADCo had been appealing to extend the ban to two years.
Two weeks ago, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer was found not guilty of a doping offence by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.
Spencer was accused of violating article 2.3 of the JADCO Anti-Doping rules, in relation to evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection.
However, the panel of Kent Gammon, Heron Dale, and Donovan Calder said JADCO's evidence had not persuaded them that the athlete had committed a breach of the rules.
During the recent launch of the National Junior and Senior Championships, Grange said "a strong anti-doping programme benefits all of us", adding that the ruling against Spencer provides "opportunities to refine our procedures as part of the constant development and improvement of Jamaica's Anti-doping programme."
In an interview with STAR Sports yesterday, Grange doubled up on her stance.
"I can only reinforce that we have the athletes' interest at heart and I would expect JADCO to carry out its functions efficiently and ensure that they maintain a good relationship with the athletes while carrying out an effective anti-doping programme," she said.
JADCO has a third case pending, against Riker Hylton, who has also been accused of evading doping handlers. That decision is due on July 31.