USADA offers to help Jamaica with doping issues

USADA chief Travis Tygart said Jamaica "reached out" for help with its anti-doping efforts and testing.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency says his organization has held discussions with The World Anti-Doping Agency and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

Travis Tygart says the Jamaican commission ''reached out'' to its United States counterparts soon after an inspection visit by WADA to the Caribbean island at the end of last month.

The audit of Jamaica's anti-doping efforts came after revelations of a lack of out-of-competition testing ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. Tygart says the nation's athletes ''deserve better.''

Tygart says USADA met JADCO at the World Conference on Doping in South Africa and is willing to help, but only if there's ''a concerted effort'' by the Jamaicans to improve their anti-doping efforts.

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