How are Anti-Doping Violations and Disciplinary Matters handled?

  • Where it appears that there has been an Anti-Doping Rules violation, the BADC shall refer the matter to The Bahamas Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, for adjudication as to whether a violation has occurred and if so to determine what consequences should be imposed.
  • The Panel has the power to hear and determine all issues arising from any matter that is referred to it by the BADC. This includes the power to impose sanctions.
  • An Athlete or any other Support Personnel may forego a hearing by waiving the right to a hearing in writing, acknowledging the violation and accepting the sanction as outlined in the Rules.
  • All hearings are to be completed expeditiously and the process should not exceed three (3) months from the time the violation was identified, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
  • Decisions of The Bahamas Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel may be appealed as follows:

For International Level Athletes the decision may be appealed exclusively to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

For National Level Athletes the decision may be appealed to The Bahamas Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal.

Leif Farquharson

Disciplinary Panel Chairman

Leif Farquharson is a Counsel and Attorney-at-Law. He is presently a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group at the law firm of Graham Thompson in Nassau, Bahamas. Prior to this, he held a senior position in the Office of the Attorney General. He is an experienced litigator and has appeared in matters in the banking and finance, real estate and insurance sectors. His practice includes contentious civil and commercial disputes of a wide variety. He also regularly advises clients on legal issues within his areas of expertise. He is a former recipient of a Chevening Scholarship, awarded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He also serves as a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee.