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LONDON---Graham Ford will leave
his position as Sri Lanka coach in
January to take charge of English
county side Surrey.
The 52-year-old Englishman in-
formed Sri Lanka Cricket last
month that he would be rejecting a
new deal to stay with the national
team for family reasons, having
taken over from Geoff Marsh in Jan-
His biggest achievement with Sri
Lanka was leading the team to the
final of last year s World Twenty20,
where it lost to the West Indies.
Ford will start his new role as head
coach of Surrey in February.
He has a close relationship with
one of the county s star players,
Kevin Pietersen, having known each
other since the England batsman s
time at school in Durban.
Ford previously coached Natal and
South Africa s national team.
The world s anti-doping author-
ity is launching an "extraordinary"
audit of Jamaica s drug-testing
agency following allegations that
its policing of the island s sprinting
superstars led by Usain Bolt all but
collapsed in the months before they
dazzled at the London Games, The
Associated Press has learned.
WADA s probe follows data the
former executive director of the
Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission
revealed to the Caribbean s oldest
newspaper indicating a near com-
plete breakdown in JADCO s out-
of-competition testing from January
2012 to the July opening of the
In an interview with The Asso-
ciated Press, JADCO chairman Her-
bert Elliott dismissed Renee Anne
Shirley s figures as lies and described
her as "a bit demented" and "a
Judas." But the World Anti-Doping
Agency tells a different story: WADA
confirmed to the AP that there was,
as Shirley asserted, "a significant
gap of no testing" by JADCO as ath-
letes trained in the months ahead
of the Games---and that it is con-
cerned enough to investigate.
International Olympic Committee
medical chiefs, WADA and Britain s
anti-doping agency, which also
worked on London s massive drug-
testing programme, revealed to the
AP that they were kept in the dark
about the Jamaican testing lapses
that Shirley exposed in her August
letter to The Gleaner.
"There was a period of---and for-
give me if I don t have the number
of months right---but maybe five to
six months during the beginning
part of 2012 where there was no
effective operation," WADA director
general David Howman said in an
interview. "No testing. There might
have been one or two, but there was
no testing. So we were worried about
Jamaican stars didn t go com-
pletely untested into the Games.
Track and field s governing body,
the IAAF, says it extensively tested
elite Jamaicans and that Bolt was
tested more than 12 times last year.
History s fastest human has never
failed a drug test. In London, Jamaica
won eight of 12 individual sprint
medals. Bolt became the first man
to win both the 100 and 200 metres
at consecutive games and anchored
Jamaica s relay victory in world-
It isn t possible to judge with any
certainty whether the gaps in
Jamaica s testing might have opened
a door to cheating, particularly
because other agencies involved
refuse to give a complete picture of
exactly how many tests they con-
ducted on the Jamaicans in 2012.
The Shirley revelations, however,
have been alarming enough to
prompt action: While WADA has
audited Jamaica s testing regime in
the past, Howman said its new trip
is in direct response to the problems
Shirley exposed and the positive
doping tests this year of five athletes
who competed for Jamaica in Lon-
"It s an extraordinary visit," How-
man said. Jamaica is "a high priority
... they re on our radar."
WADA is unhappy that Jamaica
hasn t agreed to a swift inspection.
Elliott said JADCO couldn t accom-
modate the auditors at the date
WADA wanted and now isn t
expecting the visit before the end
of the year.
"It doesn t over-impress us,"
Howman told the AP. "If there s
going to be that sort of delay, you
need to have a better reason."
Shirley says JADCO conducted 96
tests in competition in 2012 before
the Olympics, all in May and June
at an invitational meet and the
national trials. But away from the
competitive events, there was no
Jamaican testing for five of the seven
months before the opening of the
Games, Shirley asserted.
To catch and deter cheats, a com-
bination of in-and out-of-compe-
tition testing is vital. But after ten
tests in February and a solitary test
in April, JADCO s out-of-competi-
tion programme stopped, according
to Shirley s figures. Shirley later gave
the same figures to Sports Illustrated,
where they generated more world-
wide attention than her letter to The
"It irritated me as a Jamaican: one
test out of competition, for what,
five months or four months?" Shirley
said in a telephone interview. "Given
that it was an Olympic year, I felt
that more could have been done."
IOC medical commission Chair-
man Arne Ljungqvist and Patrick
Schamasch, who retired as IOC
medical director after London, said
they weren t told of this testing gap.
They said they could have ordered
additional tests on Jamaica s team
had they known. The IOC did a total
of 3,800 urine and 1,200 blood tests
"For certain, we weren t informed
of anything about Jamaica," Scham-
asch said. "Had we been told that
JADCO wasn t able to test before-
hand we possibly could have read-
justed our aim a little bit."
Ljungqvist said: "Jamaica is far
from being alone, you know? We
know that out-of-competition test-
ing in the proper way is not being
conducted unfortunately in many
parts of the world. One shouldn t
single out Jamaica."
But Jamaica isn t just any country:
Led by Bolt, it dethroned the United
States as the dominant sprinting
power at the last two Olympics, in
Beijing and London---and that
demands a higher degree of vigi-
"It s almost abnormal, OK? Let s
face it. For a country of less than
three million people," said Shirley.
"What, you re saying there s some-
thing peculiar in the water in
Howman told the AP that even
WADA learned only after the
Games---from Shirley---of the
agency s testing voids. He added that
although JADCO was under no obli-
gation to inform anyone earlier,
"you d expect it."
"We didn t know," he said. "We
had no knowledge of anything that
was down there until we heard from
What does JADCO say?
Elliott, the JADCO chairman, bris-
tles at mention of Shirley s name:
"Ms Shirley has done this country
and herself a great deal of harm by
saying things that are not totally in
keeping with the truth," he said in
a phone interview.
JADCO s and Shirley s overall test-
ing figures for 2012 actually agree.
Both say JADCO did a total of 179
tests---108 in competition and 71 out
of competition. But Shirley gave
month-by-month figures. JADCO
The AP pressed Elliott for them.
"Maybe I ll have the figures
tomorrow," he replied.
But when called repeatedly 24
hours later, Elliott didn t pick up the
phone. He also didn t respond to a
text message. Without those figures,
AP could not verify his claim that
Shirley s statistics were wrong.
"Not all of them are lies. I mean,
you know, she has exaggerated," he
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Ford to leave Sri Lanka in January and lead Surrey
Bolt under scrutiny
...as World doping agency probes Jamaica
Usain Bolt... was tested more than 12 times last year
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