The anti-doping culture in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is refreshing indeed. The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission came on stream via an enactment by Parliament on August 5, 2009. The sporting atmosphere was a wholesome one then, continues to be as the BADC projects its “Clean Sports” motto throughout the nation.
There is great pride in The Bahamas that we became the mightiest ‘little’ sports country in the world with a near perfect anti-doping record. This has all been done with a “Clean Sports” environment as the great priority for our various programs.
In the Bahamian community, athletes, trainers, coaches, sports administrative leaders, parents/guardians and supporters hold their heads high and push chests out with the knowledge that their nation compares most favorably with the best of the rest of the world.
There was a time in world athletics when a great cloud of suspicion hovered over countries from the Iron Curtain Bloc. Later, proof surfaced that there was a system of doping that led to success.
In our Pan American Region, national programs have been under heavy scrutiny since the 1980s. Many high-profile athletes from our regional sister nations have been found guilty of using illegal substances to heighten their chances for success and were subsequently suspended and disqualified.