Friday, 26th October, 2018

BAHAMAS, Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Min. Lanisha T. Rolle hosted another introductory luncheon for the chairman and deputy chairman of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s boards and committees at the Hilton Hotel, Bay Street. The boards and committees that were invited to meet with Minister Rolle were the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission, the Boxing Commission, the National Art Gallery Board, the National Sports Authority, the National Junkanoo Committee and the Youth Advisory Counsel.

October 16th, 2018

UNIVERSITY Athletics, in conjunction with the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC), hosted an anti-doping seminar for student-athletes at the Michael Eldon Complex on October 11.

#Petra Haven, executive director of the BADC, and her team informed the student-athletes about the substances on the prohibited lists, how tests are conducted, doping control and how athletes can assist in fighting doping in sports. “I think the student-athletes got a clear understanding of what is doping and why it’s important to fight against it to keep sports clean,” said UB head athletics trainer Sasha Johnson. “A violation is more than just taking a prohibited substance. It’s refusing a test, or having a prohibited substance and even giving someone else a prohibited substance. I’m glad our student-athletes got to learn about how far-reaching doping is in sports and how to fight it.”

#The BADC, which is an independent body, promotes, coordinates and monitors the fight against doping in all sports in the country. The student-athletes also heard about how it is possible to actually take a prohibited substance with a therapeutic use exception or TUE. Sometimes athletes can use a prohibited substance for a legitimate medical reason and the commission can grant these exceptions. “These are rare but it’s important they know how to get this exception if they are sick,” Johnson added. “And even more important is the procedure to get this exception because it is not simply a case of having a doctor say it’s ok, there is a procedure.”

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July 11th, 2018

Petra Haven, BADC Executive Director, and Christopher Thompson, DCO & Education Coordinator, attended the University of the Bahamas Summer Sports Camp on July 11, 2018 to speak about the importance of Clean Sports and basic knowledge on the doping control process. The attending students ranged in age from 7 – 13.

As part of BADC’s educational program, it is key that we touch kids, our future athletes and representatives of the Bahamian flag, this early so they have a better understanding of why doping is bad, how it affects the entire nation and the support system put in place to protect the athlete rights.


THE Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) seeks to repurpose its profile in order for athletes and the general public to get a greater understanding and appreciation of what the organisation does.

Newly appointed executive director of the BADC, Petra Haven, said the group continues to implement a series of initiatives including an updated website, community outreach and educational campaign.

The commission’s site has become an accessible information hub complete with a complete list of prohibited drugs, the anti-doping sports act and a “Test Your Drug” app that allows users to input the name of their product in question and receive an immediate response on whether it is fit for legal consumption.

“One of the things we wanted to do was a digital information hub. We wanted persons to have access to the information at any hour of the day, no matter where they are, once you have access to the Internet you are able to educate and protect yourself. We want them on the go, or out of the country to be able to find any and everything they need to know.

“Even though they have access to us within the office, the website is now our first point of contact,” she said. “We also needed to have something appealing to millennials. Many athletes still have difficulty understanding the full scope of what doping is. It’s not just testing and we want them to grasp that and have all of the information necessary to make responsible decisions for their supplementation and nutrition.”

According the commission, their primary function is to facilitate the control and prevention of doping in sports, including: implementing the policies and programmes of the Government against doping in sports; doing all things necessary to comply with and implement the articles of the Anti-Doping Code and making rules for controlling the occurrence of doping in sports.

“We have to let people know who we are and what we do because some people just don’t know. To that end we will feature ad campaigns, educational seminars, social media outreach, working along with the ministry to host ‘Clean Sports Week,’ and showing up at as many of the sporting events as we can to interact with the community,” Haven said.

“In addition to the website, we want to revisit going into the schools, talking to the kids, even those that are not athletes to get that education started early and forming relationships with the sporting federations when they are having events, practices, anywhere athletes gather – we want the commission to have a presence outside of testing just to build relationships. People always have questions about this topic of anti-doping because it is something that affects everyone. So an issue this wide ranging deserves the attention of the entire community.”

The basic framework for the commission’s work is “to protect the athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes nationwide.”

Additionally, the current environment and emerging trends in the areas of education, science, medicine, international trafficking of doping substances, and investigations as well as WADA’s governance and operational activities provide the context for the objectives and strategies of the commission.

“There are certain things that we must have in place. We need to have standard procedures that need to be in place and we need to have those for our organisation. We need to ensure our athletes know they are in or out of a registered testing pool. Things as simple as that we always need to make sure we have in place because that is a part of our compliance,” Haven said.

“We want everyone to be involved in the process and if you have everyone involved in the process it makes things run smoother. When you look at what our small country has been able to achieve on the international stage we have to protect the integrity of those achievements and our reputation of fair play.”

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