On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, I extend best wishes to the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) for their continued diligence as greater emphasis has been placed on the reduction of the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, throughout the world.
It is necessary for the coaches, trainers, sports administrators, teachers, parents and guardians to understand the process; the acceptable methods of conditioning one’s body as well as products that are deemed illegal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). And it is through the combined efforts of the Government and BADC that this message is spread throughout The Bahamas.
As Minister responsible for Sports, I am satisfied that the BADC will continue do an excellent job in educating the Bahamian sporting family and the general public about the importance of fair competition. To this end, I support wholeheartedly the efforts of the BADC and the machinery that has been put in place by the Government of The Bahamas to discourage cheating in sports.
My Ministry and the Government expects that BADC to always function in accordance with the International Code of Conduct, signed on to in 2003. I encourage the Chairman and Commissioners to be always minded of the Act that governs Anti-Doping in the country. It is also imperative that BADC maintains a cordial working relationship with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Regional Anti-Doping Agency (RADO), the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and all other bodies involved in the fight to ensure that all athletes are afforded an equal opportunity to succeed in competition.
In closing, I wish to encourage Commissioners to continue to adopt initiatives that will promote educational and training programmes.