World Doping Agency to Probe Jamaica

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But 24 hours later, Elliott didn’t answer repeated calls or respond to a text message. Without those figures, AP could not verify his assertion that Shirley’s statistics were wrong.

“Not all of them are lies. I mean, you know, she has exaggerated,” he said.

Shirley’s breakdown showed the bulk of out-of-competition tests — 60 of the 71 — were done only after London — after she took over at JADCO in July 2012. In Sports Illustrated, she described finding the agency woefully understaffed.

Elliott told AP “there was no money in the coffers” when he became JADCO chairman in February 2012, and 400 of its test kits were outdated and unusable. He said JADCO borrowed kits from other Caribbean nations and from “people in Florida who we know.”

The main obstacle to out-of-competition testing, he said, was that “most of our athletes were off the island. We had them overseas preparing for the Olympics.”

“Therefore we asked IAAF … to test them overseas out of competition. All right? And they did,” he said.

He also said: “We’ve done tests WADA doesn’t know about.” He didn’t provide details.

Shirley said she left JADCO in February because “the board and I did not get along, and there were other problems in the system. It overwhelmed me.”

Elliott said she was fired but refused to say why. “She has her ax to grind,” he said.

The IAAF’s out-of-competition testing for Jamaica concentrated on athletes’ training camps and “was robust and comprehensive,” spokesman Chris Turner said.

Elliott said testers descended “in droves every day” on Jamaica’s pre-Olympic track-and-field camp in Birmingham, England, in the weeks before the games.

“Some of our athletes were raising hell that they were tested every day, and not only with urine, but blood,” he said. “I don’t think they could have done more testing. They were testing every athlete in our camp, sometimes twice a day.”

Shirley also acknowledges other agencies policed the Jamaicans.

“I’m pretty sure that all of the athletes who went to London were tested at least once and the majority of them more than once,” she told the AP.

On Bolt, she added: “I am positive that he got tested in double figures” in 2012.

But the exact extent of testing on Bolt and his teammates is tightly guarded. Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, told AP “he’s tested almost every week,” but the public has no way of verifying that.

The IOC tested the top five finishers after each event in London. That means Bolt and teammates Yohan Blake (100 and 200 silver; relay gold), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (women’s 100 gold; 200 and relay silver), and Veronica Campbell-Brown (100 bronze; relay silver; 4th in 200) must have been tested multiple times.

The IOC refuses to give specific testing numbers for the Jamaicans. Bolt and Simms say they don’t tally up his tests. “I don’t even know where we’d go to find that information,” Simms said.

Bolt, asked by the AP at his last race this year how frequently he is tested, said: “Sometimes they will come like six times in one month and then you won’t see them for two months and then they come three times in one week. So I don’t really keep track.”

Fraser-Pryce said she was tested “more than 18″ times this year. She offered to let AP see the receipts that she, like all tested athletes, gets when giving samples, but her manager, Adrian Laidlaw, refused.

After Shirley exposed JADCO’s shortcomings, Howman wrote to the Jamaican government and said he got an invitation to send experts.

The team will check whether JADCO complies with WADA’s anti-doping rules, as well as whom the agency is testing and how, and “that what they’re doing is of significant quality,” Howman said.

Elliott expects WADA’s team to visit at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

“The last time they were here, they claimed everything was OK,” he said. “So I don’t see how they’re going to say anything is different this time.”

(Photo: AP)

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