Based on the concerns in the country as a result of the recent Al Jazeera America documentary, the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) advises ALL sports federations/organizations, athletes and support personnel to disassociate themselves from the allegations and all persons who are linked to them.
The BADC, going forward, shall take steps in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code as evidence unfolds pursuant to:
Section 2.9 – Complicity
Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring, covering up or any other type of intentional complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation, Attempted anti-doping rule violation or violation of Article 10.12.1 by another Person.
(If the abovementioned violation is ever proven, it should result in a period of ineligibility of at least 2 years for the individual/s according to 2015 WADC Article 10.3.4)
According to BADC Chairman Dr. Jerome Lightbourne, he and colleagues considered a statement on the controversy to be imperative. The statement is in keeping with his promise made prior to a Tuesday meeting, held last week, at the BADC Headquarters atop the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre.
“We, who have been mandated by the Government of The Bahamas and in accordance with WADA to promote “Clean Sports” and fair play by those who represent the nation in competition, felt obligated to officially address the matter. This is a very serious situation and we understand the BADC has to be a leading voice when these issues surface,” said Dr. Lightbourne.