Former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, Doping Control Officer, Dr. Paul Wright is describing as nonsensical the commission’s decision not to test all female members of Jamaica’s Women U20 4x100m relay at the 2022 CARIFTA Games.
The relay team’s world record set at the CARIFTA Games on April 17, 2022, has been rejected by the World Athletics because not all four girls were tested.
Under World Athletics guidelines, all members of a relay team must be drug tested for a time to be recognised as a record.
Nora Gay Banton reports.
Members of the sports fraternity have been describing as saddening the World Athletics’ decision to reject the world record set by Jamaica’s female U20 4x100m relay at the regional sports event held at the National Stadium.
In a statement yesterday, JADCO said since one of the athletes was already tested on the day before the race, a urine sample was not collected from this athlete on the day of the race.
According to JADCO, it’s in their best practice in-competition, that an athlete is not tested on consecutive days when competing.
Dr. Wright told Nationwide’s This Morning that it’s clear that rule was made by people who don’t understand anti-doping in sports.
He says testing on the morning of the event would’ve been important for all the female athletes.
Dr Wright, who’s also a Sports Medicine Specialist, says if all JADCO’s board members agreed to that rule they should step down.
Dr. Paul Wright, Former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, Doping Control Officer.
He was speaking on Nationwide’s This Morning with Wayne Walker and Ricardo Brooks.