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Jamaica anti-doping board resigns after audit

November 23, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — All 12 members of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission resigned Friday amid questions about drug testing on an island that has produced some of the world’s top track stars.

Jamaican Sports Minister Natalie Neita-Headley says the 12 commissioners agreed to step down to give the government what she described as “a fresh start” as it reorganizes the commission. The resignations take effect Dec. 31.

“We really don’t want that level of distraction. We don’t want to be making any excuses as to why our athletes are doing well,” Neita-Headley said.

She told reporters that Jamaica would review its anti-doping legislation and appoint qualified testing officers. Neita-Headley did not say when the new board would be appointed.

Jamaica’s anti-doping program was audited by the World Anti-Doping Agency after a former Jamaica director alleged it didn’t drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the 2012 London Olympics.

Eight Jamaican athletes have failed drug tests this year, including former world 100-meter record holder Asafa Powell.

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