Athletics: Wada team arrive in Jamaica to examine drug-testing procedures

KINGSTON (AFP) - A tight-lipped three-member World Anti-doping Agency (Wada) team touched down in Jamaica yesterday to begin what is expected to be a two day extraordinary audit of the country's drug-testing system.

After a stop at their Kingston hotel, they went to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) headquarters, where the only media allowed to follow them were from the media arm of the government.

The visit comes after reports that Jamaica's athletes could face an Olympic ban if the local anti-doping authorities were found to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Wada had voiced concerns earlier this year after former Jamaica anti-doping chief Renee Anne Shirley described flaws in the country's drug-testing system.

The audit is understood to encompass a variety of areas, including staffing, governance and status of current positive tests after seven Jamaican athletes, including five from track and field, failed drug tests this year.