Jamaica has fixed drug-testing flaws, international officials say

The past year has been rough for Jamaican track and field, which came under heavy scrutiny after a string of high-profile athletes failed drug tests around the time of the 2013 national championships.

On Wednesday, the Jamaicans got some good news.

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that the island nation had corrected a number of significant flaws in its drug control program.

"They've done exactly what we've asked them to do to put their program into place," David Howman, WADA's director general, told the Associated Press.

The necessary changes were outlined by a WADA audit last year.

Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown were among the athletes who tested positive in the spring and summer of 2013. Jamaican officials also revealed that they had failed to conduct sufficient testing in the months leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.

Campbell-Brown was recently cleared of wrongdoing when international officials found that her urine sample had been mishandled. Powell and Simpson are awaiting decisions in their cases.


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