April 8 – 10, 2023
The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) was the Anti-Doping Organization responsible for doping control during the 2023 Carfita Games held in Nassau, The Bahamas during the Easter holiday weekend. The team consisted of Doping Control Officers, Chaperones, Station Managers and members of the Operational/Administrative Team to ensure the spirit of clean and fair sport was upheld.
Training is extremely important so we always ensure that our Doping Control Officers stay up to date with their certifications and understanding new methods under the World Anti-Doping Code. Led by Lead DCO Lavaldo Coverley and Executive Director Petra Haven, a team of Doping Control Officers work through hands-on training in preparation of all Sporting events to be held in The Bahamas this year.
BADC’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. Christa Wells and Doping Control Manager, Mr. Audril Farquharson attend the annual iNADO and WADA Symposiums in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The theme of the 2023 iNADO Annual Workshop was “Women & Anti-Doping: Working Together Towards Excellence”. iNADO proudly chose to focus their 2023 Workshop on women in anti-doping because they feel supporting women helps everyone work together towards excellence in anti-doping. As said by iNADO, “Of iNADO’s 69 member NADOs and RADOs, 30 have women in a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position or similar. This amounts to 43.5 percent, a higher average than in many other industries. However, this does not mean conditions in our community are favorable for gender equality.”
BADC’s attendance and representation at the annual WADA Symposium ensure we stay abreast of new procedures, network with our counterparts amongst other things. This year, “Under the theme ‘United toward a world of doping-free sport’ the Symposium will once again gather anti-doping practitioners from International Federations, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and Major Event Organizations; as well as, Athletes, Governments, WADA-accredited laboratories, Athlete Passport Management Units, service providers, researchers, and the media – to help advance the global collaborative mission for doping-free sport. This year’s edition will explore how, together, we can further advance anti-doping for the benefit of athletes worldwide.”
We look forward to implementing all the new information we learned and building on existing and new relationships with our counterparts around the world.
Petra Haven, BADC’s Executive Director, stops by Bahamas @ Sunrise in preparation for the Carfita Games 2023, held in Nassau, The Bahamas on April 7 -10, 2023.
January 25 – 27, 2023
The Honorable Mario Bowleg, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture and Ms. Petra Haven, Executive Director for the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission attended the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Second Forum with Ministers Responsible for Sport in the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica on January 25 – 27, 2023 along with WADA’s President Witold Banka and WADA’s Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Maria Jose Pesce.
This forum provided a platform to raise issues, ideas, activities and actions to strengthen anti-doping programs. Some of the focuses were: developing strong legal framework for protecting clean sports, advising the current state of anti-doping in each Caribbean country, delivering educational information to the sport community, implementing effective testing programs, and collaborative efforts between stakeholders.
June 11-12, 2022
For the first time in two years, due to the global pandemic, WADA held its 16th annual conference in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 11-12, 2022. With this year’s theme ‘Raising The Game’ focusing on how the anti-doping family worldwide can raise the bar for athletes, approximately 600 delegates attended the Symposium in person with more than 200 attending virtually. BADC’s Chairman and Executive Director, Dr. Christa Wells and Ms. Petra Haven, M.S. attended on behalf of The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission.