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WADA encouraged by Jamaica’s anti-doping improvements

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - JUNE 07: A fan waves a flag before the USA takes on Jamaica in the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at National Stadium on June 7, 2013 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jamaica’s scrutinized anti-doping program has followed World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) orders since it came under investigation last fall.

''They’ve done exactly what we’ve asked them to do to put their program back into place,’' WADA director general David Howman said at a conference in London on Tuesday. ''That’s important for Jamaica and it’s important for us to oversee it because of the international interest and the international abilities that they’ve got in athletics.’'

WADA visited Jamaica twice since November to look into its audited anti-doping program, one that reportedly conducted one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading to the 2012 Olympics.

''They’re getting there and will be as the months go on,’' Howman said, according to The Associated Press. ''They’ve got the commitment from the government. They’ve got the new board of governors. They’ve got a new executive director. They’ve got plenty of money and they’re in position to be able to do what they have to do.’'

The sprint powerhouse nation saw three of its Olympic champions fail drug tests last year -- Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.

Campbell-Brown returned to competition at the World Indoor Championships earlier this month, her first event since last spring.

Powell and Simpson are expected to learn their fates in April.

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