The Establishment of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission

On the 31st day of July, 2003, the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas accepted the World Anti-Doping Code (“the Code”).

Following much discussion, debate and negotiations, which were spearheaded by the Former Minister of Sports, The Honorable Mr. Desmond Bannister, the Anti-doping in Sports Act, 2009 was enacted by the Parliament of The Bahamas on August 5th 2009, thus establishing the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission.

The functions of the Commission are;

  • Facilitating the control and prevention of doping in sports;
  • Implementing the policies and programs of the Government against doping in sports;
  • Doing all things necessary to comply with and implement the Articles of the Anti-Doping Code;
  • Making rules for controlling the occurrence of doping in Sports.

The basic framework for the Commission’s work is “to protect the athlete’s 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.

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