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Monday 21, Apr 2014

  Operations Of JADCO Questioned By CAS

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Operations Of JADCO Questioned By CAS

Jamaican anti-doping officials have been blasted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for mishandling of a drug test by Veronica Campbell-Brown. The Jamaican sprinter was banned for two years but appealed to the CAS against the doping ban.

In a scathing 58-page report explaining the decision to uphold the appeal of the three-time Olympic gold medalist, the CAS cited errors in the collection and handling of the urine sample of Campbell-Brown last year that may have resulted in its contamination. CAS said the evidence before the panel in this case establishes that the JAAA (Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association) has persistently failed to comply with the mandatory partial testing. It was added that systematic and knowing failure, for which no reasonable explanation has been advanced, is deplorable and gives rise to the most serious concerns about the overall integrity of the JAAA’s anti-doping processes, as exemplified in this case by the flaws in JADCO’s (Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission) sample collection and its documentation.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expressed confidence that the errors would not be repeated in the future. The anti-doping agency concurred that mistakes were made in the case of Campbell-Brown that were fundamental to the integrity of the testing process. In a statement, WADA said we responded to past concerns in Jamaica by initiating a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to mentor and assist JADCO in developing their anti-doping programs and WADA as a result is confident that such mistakes will not be repeated again.

Campbell-Brown on May 4 returned a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide at the Jamaica International Invitational meeting in Kingston and in October was given a public reprimand by a JAAA disciplinary panel. However, a doping review board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) recommended a ban of two years after which Campbell-Brown appealed the ban. The sprinter’s lawyers argued that international standards were violated during her sample collection and this resulted in compromising the integrity of the samples.

Meanwhile, Jamaican athletics federation president Warren Blake has remarked the problems were now in the past. In late 2013, the anti-doping efforts of Jamaica underwent a big overhaul with the entire JADCO board resigning and the appointment of a new executive director. Blake said this speaks to the situation that existed last year and the question was the use of partial sample kits and added his understanding is that JADCO does in fact have partial sample kits now. Blake also questioned as to why the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association was mentioned in the report when the testing was done by Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission.

Recently, elite coach Stephen Francis called for Jamaican officials to disband their anti-doping agency and contract testing to agencies in other countries that was disagreed by Blake and Natalie Neita-Headley, the Jamaican minister responsible for sports. Blake remarked many things have changed with JADCO and he is not going to be supporting taking our testing out of our country and giving it to strangers while Neita-Headley said we need to have a anti-doping commission that works and that’s what we are working at with a sporting program like ours and with the success we have attained.

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Thursday 21, Aug 2008

  Christine Ohuruogu is now track’s golden girl despite missed steroid tests

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Christine Ohuruogu SteroidsYou’ve got to give to it to Christine Ohuruogu. This 24-year-old Brit girl is so good in running – running on the track and running from doping-steroid tests.

Despite being banned for one year, Ohuruogu stood on the podium on Tuesday, basking in Olympic glory after finishing the 400-meter event at 49.62 seconds. Stunning is what many described the race, in which Shericka Williams of Jamaica took the silver while Sanya Richards of the United States, the event’s favorite, earned the bronze medal.

FYI, Ohuruogu missed three doping (steroid) tests in the period between October 2005 and July 2006 and because of those infringements she was served one-year ban lasting until August last year. After a mere three weeks after serving her ban, she won her world title in Osaka, Japan.

Subsequent to her third missed test, she received the ban from the International Association of Athletics Federations. Ohuruogu attempted to overturn the ban by taking her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. CAS upheld the decision of the IAAF.  CAS, however, stated that “no suggestion that she is guilty of taking drugs” and that “this case can be viewed in all the circumstances as a busy young athlete being forgetful”.

The Nigerian-born Ohuruogu also received a lifetime ban from the Olympics because of a British Olympic Association bylaw barring anyone with a doping conviction from representing Britain. She was able to challenge and won the BOA ban on appeal as the independent Sports Dispute Resolutions Panel agreed that there had been “significant mitigating circumstances.”
We thought that being ‘forgetful’ is a lame excuse for going around dope tests, but it seems it’s considered as a valid reason. Other athletes, we’re sure, we’ll be a tad forgetful during screening time.

As for her recent victory in Beijing, Ohuruogo says: “I am just so proud of myself. I know I am the type of athlete who rises to the big occasion.”

The AFP describes Ohurougu’s winning moment and the dejection of those who aspired for the gold and lost it to the controversial Briton. The drama unfolds in Beijing:

Ohuruogu … looked out of it rounding the bend and with 100 metres to go.

(Sanya) Richards, who had said last week that she thought the Briton was fortunate to be competing here, looked at that point set fair for the gold she believed was her due after a miserable year suffering from a rare illness in 2007 as she had a clear lead.

However, down the straight the Jamaican-born naturalised American started to tie up and Ohuruogu’s more measured and controlled race paid off as she passed two Russians and then the final prize of 23-year-old Richards.

Ohuruogu crossed the line just ahead of the fast-finishing Williams, who had passed a tiring Richards.

Ohuruogu could scarcely believe what she had achieved, sinking to her knees and then lying on her back.

Richards, who as a result of Behcet’s disease suffered such bad mouth ulcers that she could not eat or talk and dreadful lesions on her legs, cut a dejected figure.

“I’m not well. I just worked so hard for this.

“This is so devastating for me. I was in control coming round the curve and then my right hamstring cramped on me.

“It went with 70 metres to go. I feel so betrayed by my body again.

“It’s such a tough break.”