A new executive director has been appointed by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), which is currently under fire due to the lack of drugs tests allegedly carried out on the country’s top athletes.
Carey Brown has been appointed by Herb Elliott, chairman of JADCO, ahead of a visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to carry out an audit of Jamaica’s drug testing program in the build-up to London 2012, where they won 12 medals, including four gold.
But Brown is unlikely to play much of a role in the visit from the three-person WADA team because he is currently on jury service and will not be able to take up his new role until that is completed.
Brown, a graduate of the University of West Indies in pure and applied chemistry, will succeed Renee Anne Shirley, whose damaging allegations that JADCO had carried out just one out-of-competition test from February 2012 to the start of the Olympics in London in July have prompted the WADA investigation.
Former Jamaican sprinter Cathy Rattray Samuels had been acting in an interim role since May following the sacking of Shirley, but had left in August.
Brown, who has also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Manchester Business School in England, will join JADCO from Jamaica’s Ministry of Youth and Culture, where he has been working as director of corporate planning and performance monitoring.
He also served in the Ministry of Finance and Planning as a financial analyst responsible for database management and performance monitoring.
Previously he worked in the private sector as production manager of Federated Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and a health care team leader at Proctor and Gamble Interamericas, Inc.
WADA had previously expressed their anger at not being able to visit Jamaica to carry out their audit before the start of next year.
But such was the outcry that the trip has not been brought forward to this week, starting tomorrow and concluding Tuesday (October 29).
Five Jamaican sprinters tested positive earlier this year, including former world 100 meters record-holder Asafa Powell and Olympic gold medalist Sherone Simpson.
Earlier this month, triple Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown escaped with just a public warning for a positive test.
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