JADCO did not leak athlete's AAF to media says board chairman

By August 27, 2019

Chairman of the board of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Alexander Williams said leaks about the Jamaican athlete who returned an adverse analytical finding at the country’s national championships in June, did not come from the anti-doping body.

He has suggested that the leaks may have even come from the camp of the athlete involved.

Ever since news of the AAF emerged recently, details about the case have been making the rounds in local media, which flies in the face of what Williams had declared in 2018, when he said the public hearings involving athletes would now be held in private, breaking a longstanding tradition in Jamaica.

"Please remember that these kinds of hearings are not criminal hearings,” Williams told The Gleaner in 2018. “There is no necessary public interest in it until you actually come to a conclusion that there is a violation, and you need to add to that the need to protect reputations."

However, the level of the leaks to the media in this latest case does raise questions about where the information could be coming from.

Williams insists that they are not coming from JADCO.

“It is my belief that there has been no breach of procedure at JADCO,” he told Sportsmax.TV on Tuesday.

He suggested that perhaps the fault lies with the athlete’s representatives.

“There are two ends to this spectrum of information,” he said. “A lot can continue along that continuum.”

The JADCO Chairman had indicated in July 2018 that it was changing the rules regarding AAF hearings being held in public to protect the interests of the athletes involved and to be in closer alignment with international standards.

“Worldwide hearings dealing with anti-doping rules violations are conducted in private, and for whatever reason, JADCO used to do it in public, and so what we are trying to do is to align ourselves with the international standards," said Williams.

When you talk about anti-doping violation, it doesn't necessarily mean that you took a prohibited substance. It could mean you missed a test, it could mean that you never made a whereabouts filing, and so in an effort to protect reputations and to maintain the international standards, what we are saying now, is that going forward, [we will] conduct these hearings in private."

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