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The Government is moving swiftly to establish the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission to ensure proper systems are in place for drug testing the country’s athletes.
When fully constituted, the Commission will be responsible for the National Doping Control Testing Programme, involving in-competition and out-of-competition testing of athletes. Member of the interim Jamaica Anti-Doping Committee Dr Herb Elliot, told members of the Rotary Club of Kingston at a luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, that the world was watching Jamaica closely. He said that the establishment of the Commission was important in helping our athletes stand up to strict international scrutiny.
Dr Elliot, who was speaking on behalf of Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, said three panels had been established to run the programme and that no effort was being spared in pushing legislation through parliament to ensure the body is in place and fully operational before the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, in August.
Jamaica is signatory to the International Convention Against Doping in Sport which came into force February 1, 2007. The Convention is the first truly global legal instrument in the fight against doping in sport.
Countries that do not have a national doping control testing programme that is World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) compliant could be banned from participating in international competitions, starting with the Beijing Olympics.
The programme will be rolled out across all national sports associations that receive financial and other assistance from the Government. Each sector will be expected to adopt their individual anti-doping policies.
Dr Elliot urged parents to be vigilant about the foods and substances their athletic children take as substances found in common foods and drink are still named on the official list of banned substances for which athletes fall into violation.

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