ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has withdrawn the Under-19 team from its tour of Bangladesh.
The WICB said the decision to withdraw the team is in the best interest of the safety and security of the players and officials.
“The WICB’s decision was taken following con ...more »
MONTREAL, Canada (CMC) — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has threatened to expel Jamaica from the next Olympics and other major competitions if it refuses to address shortcomings highlighted by a senior ex-employee.
WADA director general David Howman Wednesday night urged the Portia Simpson Miller government to investigate claims by the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission that its drugs-testing programme was inadequate.
"Our normal approach if we have issues falling into the category of either complaint or concern is to try to work with the particular signatory — in this case the NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) — and remedy it," Howman said.
"If nothing happens, we can ask our board to declare any of the signatories non-compliant and that has implications as to whether teams from the country would be admitted into various events".
Renee Anne Shirley had accused Jamaica's politicians and administrators of ignoring her warnings that the positive tests returned by Asafa Powell and four other athletes were a "disaster" waiting to happen, saying: "They believe Jamaica does not have a problem."
Howman warned that if the country refused to take its responsibilities seriously, WADA could deem JADCO non-compliant with the WADA code, which could have dire consequences for the country's elite athletes, including world record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.
"We report the non-compliance to people who can then consider whether other sanctions ought to follow," said Howman.
"That would be the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and
Top Jamaican athletes like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
(pictured) and Usain Bolt could be affected if Jamaica
does not bring its anti-doping profile up to WADA’s
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