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WADA chief calls delay of Jamaica anti-doping audit ‘farcical’

John Fahey

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President John Fahey delivers his speech during the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 9, 2013 in Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey promised an “appropriate” response to Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) proposing WADA perform its audit of the country’s drug-testing program in January.

“To suggest to WADA they’re not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometime next year is unsatisfactory, it’s totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame,” Fahey said, according to the Telegraph.

Last week, the Jamaica Gleaner reported WADA is “free to visit” the island nation of sprinting superstars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce if they can find a date that’s mutually agreed upon before the end of the year.

On Oct. 14, The Associated Press reported that WADA was “concerned enough to investigate” Jamaica following reports that the nation’s anti-doping agency conducted one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading to the 2012 Olympics.

WADA proposed visiting Oct. 15-16, but key Jamaican people would not have available for a visit that soon, according to the Gleaner.

The Telegraph reported that “non-compliance with the WADA Code” would be “the ultimate sanction” and that Jamaica is risking being banned from track and field’s biggest events, including the Olympics, until the situation is resolved.

“There are a number of options,” Fahey told the newspaper. “You can read into that exactly what those words are likely to mean, but I don’t want to flag it up.”

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