A BAHAMAS ANTI-DOPING COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE

  • 17Nov2016
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.

DID YOU KNOW

That the BADC is responsible for making and implementing rules for controlling the occurrence of doping in sports and for carrying out the objects of The Anti-Doping in Sports Act.

These include:

1) Initiating, implementing and enforcing the Rules and the
doping control process.
2)Testing of athletes,
3)Arranging for the analysis of samples.
4)Managing test results.
5)Maintaining information on athletes and their
whereabouts.
6)Educating all stakeholders about the consequences of
violating one or more of the Anti-Doping Rules.
7)Assessing costs for disciplinary hearings

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