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Anti-Doping Commission connecting with public

Sports Scope

Published: Oct 28, 2013

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There has been a lot to do recently, regarding anti-doping organizations worldwide. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Jamaican Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) have been prominent, as issues regarding rules violations in our region have been plentiful.

Here in The Bahamas, the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) has been toeing the line and staying right in step with WADA’s stipulations. Inclusive is the determination to connect fundamentally with Bahamian athletes, coaches/trainers, sports administrators, parents, guardians and the general public.

The sports industry is growing abundantly and the responsibility of doping agencies around the world has been expanding accordingly. In this regard, readers are minded to be on the lookout for the first BADC Newsletter, due out soon. Chairman Dr. Jerome Lightbourne’s outlook presentation will provide an insight to the role his organization must play.

The newsletter will afford readers a comprehensive picture of expectations and the wide body of work related to the BADC.

It has become quite clear to all who have been keeping up with the various anti-doping matters around the world, that education is a key element.

Dr. Lightbourne makes the appropriate references in his outlook for the newsletter.

“No anti-doping program can be successful without a partnership with the local sporting bodies; the Bahamas Olympic Committee, National Sports Federations, and the individual sports clubs. We in the BADC have garnered support from many of the sporting bodies, locally, regionally and internationally. There are some that still resist but we will continue to offer help and education to win them over.

“It is the responsibility of the BADC, the BOC, sports federations and clubs and all others involved in sporting events to educate and prevent doping in The Bahamas. Working together our mandate and motto of ‘clean sports’ can be achieved,” says Dr. Lightbourne.

The newsletter, a quarterly communication, is just the latest step of the BADC to thoroughly educate the general public as to its mission and the vested interest all others in the Bahamian sports family ought to have.

On a regular basis, the commission organizes seminars in New Providence and areas in the Family Islands to further the educational process. Also, the BADC has invited all federations and quasi-government sports entities to arrange to meet at the BADC Head Office, situated atop the Betty Kelly-Kenning Swim Center, to collect anti-doping data and interact with anti-doping personnel.

Be on the lookout for the first newsletter. It’s coming soon!

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