Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:31 | By Agence France-Presse

Jamaica changes encourage WADA chief

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief executive David Howman said Wednesday that Jamaica's testing system was now "back in place" following the controversial case of Veronica Campbell-Brown.


Jamaica changes encourage WADA chief

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown competes in the women 60 m semi final heat 2 event at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in the Ergo Arena in the Polish coastal town of Sopot, on March 9, 2014 - by Janek Skarzynski

The two-time Olympic 200 metres champion tested positive for the specified substance hydrochlorothiazide last May, but she argued the urine sample collected had been compromised and saw a two-year ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Howman, speaking at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference at London's Wembley Stadium, explained that while he'd only seen a summary of the CAS decision it was concerning all the same.

"The brief release indicates a deficiency in anti-doping sample collection that is very basic," said Howman.

"That's not only disappointing, it just hasn't happened for 10 years. I don't think I need to say any more than that."

However, WADA has twice visited Jamaica, one of the world's leading sprint nations, since November and Howman was encouraged by the Caribbean island's current anti-doping procedures.

"They've done exactly what we've asked them to do to put their programme back into place," he said.

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