KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Former prime minister PJ Patterson says Jamaica has a duty to rigorously defend its athletes against doping allegations, as such matters had implications for the country’s image.
Referencing the recent case involving sprinter Nesta Carter, Patterson said the country took pride when national athletes excelled and therefore needed to show their fulsome support when they faced adversity.
It emerged earlier this month that Carter had tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine, after the International Olympic Committee re-tested several hundred samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“Our position is clear as a country, we don’t support doping in any form,” Patterson stressed.
“When accusations are levelled at those who have competed at the highest level and over those years have never been found wanting, we have an obligation to rally and ensure that they get an adequate defence and this is something in which all of us as Jamaicans have to be involved.”