After a year in which multiple Jamaican track athletes were hit with bans due to positive drug tests, all the members of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), including chairman Dr. Herb Elliot, have announced they’ll be resigning as of Dec. 31. The announcement comes less than a month after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) conducted an audit of JADCO’s programs.
Natalie Neita-Headley, Jamaica’s minister of sports, explained the reasoning behind the mass resignations, saying that a changing of the guard will helpfully give the country’s track program a fresh start:
Quite recently, JADCO’s commissioners met and acknowledged that there is a public perception of the existence of conflicts of interests among some of the members of the commission.
The commissioners have taken a decision, in the national interest and in order to facilitate the re-structuring of JADCO to tender their resignations which will take effect on December 31.
The Prime Minister respects the decision of the commissioners and has accepted their resignations (Inside the Games).
Headley went on the clarify that the WADA has never found the JADCO to be non-compliant, nor has the WADA ever “threatened to bar Jamaica or Jamaican athletes from participating in any international event.”
[Source: Inside the Games]