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Rio 2016 Games anti-doping program saw serious failings

The Anti-doping program at the 2016 Rio Olympics had a number of serious failings according to a report by the World Anti-doping Agency or WADA.

WADA said several athletes earmarked for testing in Rio simply could not be found while there was little or no in-competition blood testing done in many high-risk sports at the Games.

Many of the problems stemmed from staffing issues, resource constraints, other logistical difficulties and there was also an apparent breakdown in the transfer of knowledge from previous Games.

Many athletes targeted for testing in the Athletes Village simply could not be found and the mission had to be stopped on some days, up to 50 percent of planned target tests were aborted.

Team Chair Jonathan Taylor said the anti-doping program in Rio was able to achieve a number of positive outcomes in the face of very challenging circumstances.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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