JAMAICA SPORTS NEWS: March 7th – March 13th, 2015

ANTI-DOPING BUDGET REDUCED BY J$14 MILLION—03/07/15
Natalie Neita Headley, Jamaica’s Sports Minister, announced a reduction in the anti-doping budget totaling J$14 million. The cuts in the Jamaica Anti-Doping Agency (JADCO) budget were announced shortly after the visit of Sir Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Reedie praised Jamaica’s anti-doping program, saying it offered a model of how situations can be improved. The budget reductions were somewhat unexpected in light of Reedie’s remarks, according to critics.

CAMERSON RE-ELECTED TO HEAD CRICKET BOARD—03/08/15
Dave Cameron of Jamaica has been re-elected to the position of president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). He received two-thirds of the votes available from affiliates in Guyana, Barbados, the Leeward and Windward Islands, Trinidad and Jamaica. Current vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan was returned to office as well.

JAMAICA DEFEATS U.S. IN CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH—03/11/15
Jamaica was victorious over the United States Under-17 team in Honduras, causing the U.S. to fall out of first place in the Group A competition at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The winner of this tournament will move on to the U-17 World Cup match in Chile in the fall of 2015.

NEITA-HEADLEY SAYS BUDGET CUTS WILL NOT AFFECT ANTI-DOPING EFFORTS—03/12/15
According to Natalie Nieta-Headley, Jamaica’s Sports Minister, cuts totaling $14 million to the budget of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) will not have an impact on the agency’s operations for fiscal 2015-2016. Executive director of JADCO Corey Brown said that the agency has been reassured by the government that the reduced funds will not have a negative impact on JADCO’s ability to carry out its mandate.