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Shirley s detailed breakdown
showed the bulk of out-of-compe-
tition tests---60 of the 71---were done
only after the London Games, after
she took over at JADCO in July of
2012. In Sports Illustrated, she
described finding the agency woe-
Elliott confirmed to AP "there was
no money in the coffers" when he
was named JADCO s chairman in
February 2012. Also hampering the
agency s work was that 400 of its
testing kits were out of date and
therefore unusable, he said. He said
JADCO borrowed kits from other
Caribbean nations and from "people
in Florida who we know."
The main obstacle he cited to out-
of-competition testing was that
"most of our athletes were off the
island. We had them overseas
preparing for the Olympics."
"Therefore we asked IAAF ... to
test them overseas out of competi-
tion. All right? And they did," he
He also said: "We ve done tests
WADA doesn t know about." He did-
n t provide details.
Shirley left JADCO this February.
"The board and I did not get
along, and there were other problems
in the system. It overwhelmed me,"
Elliott said she was fired. He
wouldn t say why. "She has her axe
to grind," he said.
DID OTHER AGENCIES TEST?
Absolutely. The IAAF s out-of-
competition testing programme for
Jamaica concentrated on athletes
training camps and "was robust and
comprehensive," spokesman Chris
Turner said by email.
Elliott claimed testers descended
"in droves every day" on Jamaica s
pre-Olympic track-and-field camp
in Birmingham, England, in the
weeks immediately before the
"Some of our athletes were raising
hell that they were tested every day,
and not only with urine, but blood,"
he said. "I don t think they could
have done more testing. They were
testing every athlete in our camp,
sometimes twice a day."
Shirley also acknowledges that
other agencies policed the Jamaicans.
"I m pretty sure that all of the
athletes who went to London were
tested at least once and the majority
of them more than once," she told
On Bolt, specifically, she added:
"I am positive that he got tested in
double figures" in 2012.
But the exact extent of testing on
Bolt and his teammates is tightly
guarded. When Bolt s agent, Ricky
Simms, tells the AP "he s tested
almost every week," the public has
no way of verifying that.
The IOC tested the top five fin-
ishers after each event in London.
That means Bolt as well as team-
mates Yohan Blake (100 and 200
silver; relay gold), Shelly-Ann Fras-
er-Pryce (women s 100 gold; 200
and relay silver), and Veronica
Campbell-Brown (100 bronze; relay
silver; 4th in 200) must have been
tested multiple times in London.
But the IOC refuses to give spe-
cific testing numbers for the
Jamaicans. Bolt and Simms say they
don t tally up his tests. "I don t even
know where we d go to find that
information," said Simms.
Bolt, asked by the AP at his last
race this year how frequently he is
tested, said: "Sometimes they will
come like six times in one month
and then you won t see them for
two months and then they come
three times in one week. So I don t
really keep track. I just get drug test-
ed when I do."
Fraser-Pryce said she was tested
"more than 18" times this year. She
offered to let the AP see the receipts
that she, like all tested athletes, gets
when giving samples.
But her manager, Adrian Laidlaw,
then point-blank refused.
"The good thing about this con-
versation is I m going to make sure
that she never makes a statement
like that again," he told the AP.
After Shirley exposed JADCO s
shortcomings, Howman wrote to the
Jamaican government asking for an
He says he got long replies and
an invitation to send experts.
The team will check whether
JADCO remains compliant with
WADA s code of anti-doping rules,
as well as who the agency is testing
and how, its budget, and "that what
they re doing is of significant quality,"
Elliott expects WADA s team to
visit at the end of 2013 or beginning
"The last time they were here they
claimed everything was OK," he said.
"So I don t see how they re going
to say anything is different this time."
JADCO talks of
...was tested over 18
times last year
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