This is a short statement to differentiate JADCO from its entities.
May 6 – The Anti-Doping Act establishes several entities in its processes i.e. JADCO, Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Appeals Tribunal. All are different. There is also the TUE panel. Each entity plays different roles.
For the process of any hearing – JADCO has to hire an attorney to defend its process as so with the athlete hiring an attorney to defend his/her case. JADCO also in any instance has to lead its case and provide evidence. The Disciplinary panel is an independent body which is set up to adjudicate concerns that arise between the regulatory body and the citizen.
What JADCO has failed to establish is its role in communicating to its major shareholders the
- extent of its processes and how they should be managed
- the importance for the athletes and their teams to be more aware of what are the banned substances
- how to check substances and its effects even if not listed on any banned list
JADCO must therefore see itself as a facilitator to enable its stakeholders to feel comfortable in seeking guidance where necessary; while maintaining the integrity of the sporting industry. Athletes must never be afraid to consult with its national bodies. JADCO therefore has to devise a communications process which is more friendly and honest so athletes are unable to come up with any form of excuse.
The system ought to be more proactive.