By Mike Rowbottom at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo

shelly-annfraser-pryceNovember 15 - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has claimed here today that she will refuse to run in major events unless Jamaica's authorities "stand by" their athletes following renewed criticism of the country's anti-doping operation which has cast a shadow over their achievements.

The world and Olympic 100 metres champion added that she was now involved in setting up an athletes's union in Jamaica to offer support and education.

Speaking ahead of the International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Athletics Gala, at which she is shortlisted to win what would be her first award, Fraser-Pryce said that recent comments about the inefficiency of the Jamaican anti-doping system "hurt".

"It is so important that our federation stands by our athletes," she added.

"If it's down to making sure things are up to scratch, I would [refuse to run].

"If there are certain things that are not up to standard then it [not running] is something you have to do.

"We believe we deserve to have good things, not to have our name tarnished at a time when we are doing so well.

"It is so important that our Federation stands by our athletes, not says the kind of things they say about our athletes.

"We need a voice to be able to stand up and say 'you can't say these things without having proof'. We have come so far in athletics in our country but we are still stagnant in other areas."

Asked specifically about the recent comment made by Jamaican senior doping control officer Dr Paul Wright, who said the doping problems the country had recently experienced, with competitors such as Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell being suspended, could be the "tip of the iceberg" comment, Fraser-Pryce responded: "That is exactly what I am saying.

"If you are Jamaican and make a statement like that then those things are hurtful."

asafapowellrelayFormer world 100m record holder Asafa Powell was among six Jamaican athletes to fail a doping test this year

In 2010, Fraser-Pryce was banned for six months following a positive drugs test.

She claimed oxycodone was in her system as a result of medication for toothache.

Six Jamaican athletes have tested positive this year, but Fraser-Pryce claims the country does not have a doping problem.

"We don't have a doping issue - we are tested wherever we go," she said.

"There is no one in Jamaica saying 'let's dope up to run fast'.

"That is just not true.

"Where we have issues is with our young athletes who are getting involved in doping issues because nobody is there to give guidance.

"We are doing very well for our country internationally but when we are in Jamaica our athletes are not being looked after.

"We are selling our country and marketing our country to the word and not being paid for it.

"Why aren't we getting the support we deserve?

"A lot of our young athletes are struggling back in Jamaica.

"They are not able to get the medical attention they need, they are not able to eat properly.

"We are treated sometimes unfairly.

"It is almost as if they [the Federation] don't believe we are world-class athletes.

"We are international athletes and we should be treated that way.

"We should be able to say that if things don't go our way we will not be running."

Fraser-Pryce has enjoyed another year of success in 2013, adding three World Championship titles, in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, to the one gold and two silver medals she won in those events at the 2012 Olympics.

But she rejected any suggestions that Jamaica's doping problems had overshadowed her success.

"I don't think it has cast any shadow over my achievements," she said.

"It can get discouraging at times.

"Of course it is something I hope will get better.

"As athletes our job is to train and compete.

"There is nothing for me to hide."

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