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Jamaica doping scandals tip of iceberg, Dr Paul Wright tells BBC

Monday, November 11, 2013 | 3:18 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dr Paul Wright, one of Jamaica's most senior drug testers, told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that the island's anti-doping regime has been woefully short of the international standards required.

Dr Wright in an interview published Monday said that the country's recent rash of failed tests might be the "tip of an iceberg".

According to the BBC Dr Wright said that the sudden surge of Jamaican athletes failing tests at the country's national trials in June had left him fearing the worst.

His comments come a week after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) visited Jamaica to investigate claims that the country's athletes were not being tested rigorously enough.

Dr Wright -- a senior doping control officer with the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO)  who has 30 years experience drug testing in sport – says he is concerned that WADA's intervention will not lead to the sweeping changes required to give the world confidence in Jamaican sport.

Dr Wright’s position supports that of former JADCO executive director Renee Anne Shirley whose comments sparked the crisis when she said the agency conducted just one out-of-competition test in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

However the head of the Jamaican Olympic Association (JOA) Mike Fennell dismissed Dr Wright's concerns, saying he was "being dramatic", the BBC report said.

"I think that's massively overstating it. "There's no evidence to suggest that it's the tip of the iceberg." The JOA chief is quoted as saying.

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