This statement below was received by us at Nationwide News Network from the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA.
WADA is clear that it has no power to expel any entity either from Olympics or other sporting competitions. A recommendation can be made but the highest action that can be taken by WADA is a declaration of non-compliance.
Here’s the email response (verbatim)
WADA Statement in response to former JADCO Executive Director Comments
WADA read with interest the August 20 comments made by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley in relation to Jamaica’s drugs anti-doping program.
WADA expects the concerns to be addressed urgently and appropriately by JADCO and the Jamaican government, and looks forward to those responses accordingly.
Where there are issues relating to any anti-doping program, WADA’s role is to work closely with that signatory to remedy the situation. If, consequently, no suggested or recommended remedial action is taken, a report would be made to the WADA Foundation Board where a signatory can be declared non compliant. No other sanction can be taken by WADA, but non compliant decisions are reported to relevant sporting and governmental bodies to decide on further course of action.
WADA was involved in helping establish JADCO in 2008, and has worked closely with the organization and Jamaican government in addressing issues since that time.
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