The World Anti-Doping Agency will conduct its audit of Jamaica’s anti-doping program next week, according to reports out of the island nation.
The news came one day after a report was published quoting WADA’s president’s dissatisfaction with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) suggesting a visit not take place until the new year.
WADA officials will reportedly visit Jamaica on Monday and Tuesday.
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.
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,” WADA president John 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.”
The head of Jamaica’s track and field federation did not seem concerned that the likes of Usain Bolt could be barred from major international events such as the 2016 Olympics.
“I don’t think it’s a possibility at all,” Warren Blake told the Times of London, according to the Press Association. “What would London have been without Jamaica? What would 2012 have been without our athletes? It’s not going to happen.”
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.