November 22, 2013 10:00 pm

Entire Jamaican anti-doping board resigns after audit

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2009 file photo, Jamaica's sprinters, from left, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Steve Mullings celebrate winning gold in the Men's 4x100m final during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – All 12 members of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission have resigned amid questions about drug testing on an island that has produced some of the world’s top track stars.

Jamaican Sports Minister Natalie Neita-Headley says the 12 commissioners agreed to step down to give the government what she described as “a fresh start” as it reorganizes the commission. The resignations take effect Dec. 31.

She told reporters on Friday that Jamaica would review its anti-doping legislation and appoint qualified testing officers.

Jamaica’s anti-doping program was audited by the World Anti-Doping Agency after a former Jamaica director alleged it didn’t drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the 2012 London Olympics.

Eight Jamaican athletes have failed drug tests this year, including former world 100-meter record holder Asafa Powell.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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