Updated: Saturday, 25 January 2014 04:39 | By Agence France-Presse

New Jamaican anti-doping board appointed

Jamaican businessman Danny Williams has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) following the wholesale resignation of the previous board two months ago.

New Jamaican anti-doping board appointed

The offices of the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission are viewed from outside on October 14, 2013 in Kingston, Jamaica - by Ricardo Makyn

The appointment was announced late Thursday night at the post-Cabinet briefing held at Jamaica House by Sandrea Faulkmer, the Jamaican Minister of Information.

Other members of the panel will include Dr. Winston Isles, Gary Peart, Neville Williams, Dennis Lalor, Dr, Thelma Nelson, Anthony Lawrence, Dr. Patricia Holness, Carmen Tipling, Reverend Devon Dick and Jacqueline Lyn Stewart.

The board will serve a period of three years until December 31, 2016.

The previous board, headed by Dr. Herb Elliot, resigned as a group last November at the height of controversy after a former executive director, Rene Ann Shirley, was quoted in the US magazine Sports Illustrated outlining a number of irregularities at JADCO, including the lack of doping tests on Jamaican athletes.

"JADCO's commissioners met and acknowledged that there is a public perception of the existence of conflicts of interests among some of the members of the commission," sport-overseeing minister Natalie Neita Headley said last November.

"The commissioners have taken a decision, in the national interest and in order to facilitate the restructuring of JADCO, to tender their resignations."

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