Wada warns Jamaica it faces expulsion from Olympics over drugs-testing failings

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The World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday night warned Jamaica it risked expulsion from the next Olympics and other major competitions if it failed to address failings highlighted by a senior ex-employee.

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Wada director general David Howman urged the island’s government to investigate claims by the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission that its drugs-testing programme was completely inadequate.

Renee Anne Shirley accused Jamaica’s politicians and administrators of ignoring her warnings that the positive tests returned by Asafa Powell and four other athletes were a “disaster” waiting to happen, saying: “They believe Jamaica does not have a problem.”

Howman warned that if the country refused to take its responsibilities seriously, Wada could deem Jadco non-compliant with the Wada code, which could have dire consequences for the country’s elite athletes, including world record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

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