BOC’s Vital Role in Anti-Doping

The Bahamas Olympic Committee served as the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) in The Bahamas up to August of 2009 when legislation brought about the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission. There is full satisfaction that during its NADO jurisdiction period, the BOC conducted itself efficiently while handling the responsibilities of the World Anti-Doping Code.

The BOC was up to the doping control task in the country and cultivated an environment that earned the country respect from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and other world and regional partners in the battle to discourage doping in sports.

A NADO became a requirement for all countries that officially accepted the World Anti-Doping Code. The Bahamas did so on July 31, 2003. While previously being concerned primarily, only about coordinating national teams to the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games and the Central American Games, our National Olympic Committee executives suddenly found themselves with the additional responsibility of NADO.

 In more recent years, added to the portfolio of NOCs around the world, were junior Olympic competitions. The BOC has been quite capable of dealing with the loaded table of responsibilities. Now the NADO mandate shifts to the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission. The doping control system in the country remains in good hands.

*The Bahamas Olympic Association was formed in 1952. In 1947, The Bahamas won its first World Championship (a Star Class sailing crown). The two young Bahamians responsible, Durward Knowles and Sloane Farrington, competed the next year (1948) at the Olympic Games in London. However they had to represent Great Britain because The Bahamas did not have an Olympic body. The situation drove a number of the country’s sport leaders to seek a sovereign identity within the Olympic Movement.  At the Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952, the Bahamas was represented under its own flag. The BOA (now BOC) has processed representatives for every Olympiad since, with the exception of the boycotted 1980 Games in Moscow.

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