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Howman: Jamaica back on track

WADA chief executive David Howman has insisted Jamaica's anti-doping practices are back where they need to be.

Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for the specified substance hydrochlorothiazide last May, but the athlete successfully argued the urine sample collected had been compromised and saw a two-year ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The two-time Olympic 200metres champion was one of a number of high-profile Jamaican athletes under scrutiny.

Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder, and Sherone Simpson both tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine and have been suspended since. The pair are still waiting to discover their punishments.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has only seen the initial report on the CAS-Campbell-Brown verdict, but it was alarming.

"The brief release indicates a deficiency in anti-doping sample collection that is very basic," said Howman, who was speaking at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference at Wembley Stadium.

"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."

WADA has twice visited Jamaica since November and Howman is confident the island's anti-doping authorities are now up to the required speed.

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

"That doesn't remedy what happened in Campbell-Brown - and they've still got a number of other decisions in the pipeline that we don't know about - but it will mean as we go forward they should have a national anti-doping programme back to the days it was in 2011 and early 2012.

"That's important for Jamaica and it's important for us to oversee it because of the international interest and the international abilities that they've got in athletics.

"What we're trying to do now is go to those countries with a team to show them how they can conduct result management quicker and effectively, because some lapse into a total judicial approach.

"You can see some of these countries where their courts are full because of the way they process them. So we're going to have to come up with some more efficient processes."

WADA recently expressed alarm at the number of failed tests in Kenya, another nation with a rich history in athletics.

"Kenya is not a look at their testing programme," Howman said.

"Kenya is an inquiry as to the availability of (blood-boosting agent) EPO and other substances in the Rift Valley. That's an inquiry the government has commenced.

"It stopped a couple of months ago but it's restarted and we expect it to be completed inside a couple of months.

"That's not about testing. That's all about availability of substances across the counter in pharmacies and actually prescribed by doctors associated with teams that are training there."