Professor Winston Davidson
Published: Tuesday | August 14, 2012
Nedburn Thaffe, Gleaner Writer
Local anti-doping boss blasts IOC member for 'false' claims about athletes
Chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Professor Winston Davidson, is describing claims by a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), that it is difficult to find and test Jamaican athletes, as "a vicious attack on a small country".
Davidson's comments came moments after he emerged from a meeting with JADCO board members who spent the greater part of yesterday combing through their database to find evidence to back up the claim by the IOC official.
The members turned up empty-handed in their search.
"What Mr (Dick) Pound said was blatantly false. We knew it was spurious, but we spent the whole day trying to find evidence of it," Davidson said.
"We don't think they would do this to America and other bigger countries. It is a vicious attack on a small country," Davidson fumed.
On Saturday, Pound, IOC member and former chief of the World Anti-Doping Committee, told Reuters Television that Jamaican athletes belong to "one of the groups that are hard to test".
"It is hard to get in and find them, and so forth," Reuters quoted Pound as saying.
But yesterday, JADCO's acting chairman, in rubbishing Pound's statement, said: "This is confirmed by the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency database, Anti-Doping Administration and Management System, holding such information of all tests and missed tests do not confirm his allegation."
Additionally, he said JADCO has never received any complaints regarding the athletes not being found for testing.
"JADCO is acutely aware that the Jamaican athletes by their high level of performance will attract the attention of the world and therefore, every track-and-field athlete representing Jamaica at the recent Olympics was tested in competition in June 2012," Davidson said.
"In conjunction with the International Association of Athletics Federations, elite athletes were tested more than once. All results were negative," he said.
Asked whether JADCO would be writing to the IOC on the matter, the chairman said the board does not see any reason to take further action on the matter.
"We believe he was speaking on his own behalf and not on the behalf of the IOC and so we do not see the need to do so. I don't think he will do it again, so let's just leave it at that," he said.
There have been instances of criticism highlighted by international media since Jamaica's athletes started their successful efforts on the track at the Olympic Games in London, England, just over a week ago. The athletes ended their Olympic journey with a total of 12 medals.