News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 18, 2013: Coach to the world’s fastest man, Glen Mills, believes his country’s athletes are being unfairly targeted simply because of the green-eyed monster – jealousy.
Mills, who has coached Usain Bolt and his compatriot Yohan Blake, says global media problems of problems with Jamaica’s anti-doping programme are being greatly exaggerated by those who are jealous of the athletes’ success.
“They target Jamaica because of its success,” he said. “There is no doubt about it. Nobody wants to see Jamaica continue its dominance of sprinting at the world level.”
Mills added: “We have had some adverse analytical findings for stimulants and those other things, but there are so many cases of steroid use in other countries in the past couple of months, yet there is no sensationalising around those countries or athletes.
“Yet everyone is banging on the Jamaicans because of our success, and the truth of the matter is that our success has come through hard work, excellent coaches and making the best use of our facilities that are below world-class standards.”
His comments come as former world record holder Asafa Powell and Beijing silver medallist Sherone Simpson both tested positive for banned substances and face a January disciplinary committee.
And as the World Anti-Doping Agency, (WADA) says it wants to carry out an ‘extraordinary’ audit of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) after it was revealed Olympic gold medalists such as Bolt were not subjected to out-of-competition testing by Jamaican authorities in the six months prior to the London 2012 Games.
JADCO insists it will not allow the audit until it has conducted its own enquiries.