A one-day Seminar aimed at addressing specific anti-doping in sports issues will be held on Saturday, September 18, at the Physiology Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.
The seminar is being staged by the UWI, in collaboration with Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
Speaking at the media launch at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, Tuesday (August 31), Research Fellow, Basic Medical Sciences, UWI, Dr. Rachael Irving, said the seminar was opportune, given that over the last 12 months, eight of the country’s athletes have tested positive for banned substances.
Senior Director in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Florette Blackwood (centre) discussing the ingredients of a packet of painkiller which include banned substances in sports with, from left, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, Dr. Christopher Malcolm and Research Fellow, Basic Medical Sciences, UWI, Dr. Rachael Irving. The occasion was a media launch at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston Tuesday (August 31) for a one-day Anti-Doping in Sports Seminar to be held on Saturday, September 18 in the Physiology Lecture Theatre at UWI.
She said that UWI has “stepped forward” to play a part in educating persons about new anti-doping trends, which is in keeping with the move by universities overseas to help anti-doping organisations in their countries.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, whose address was read by Senior Director for Youth, Sports and Community Development in the Ministry, Florette Blackwood, welcomed the initiative.
She noted that the seminar will add significantly to efforts to “enlighten our athletes and their handlers”, as the country continues to discourage the use of drugs in sports while encouraging healthy living and fairplay.
Tutor at the Norman Manley Law School, Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, who chaired the function, pointed out that while the seminar will not make persons experts in the field, it will make them more aware of the issues surrounding doping.
The objectives of the seminar are to sensitise key players in sports about the doping rules and new regulations, with particular emphasis on the new longitudinal testing, and to present an overview on the arbitration process as well as analyse sanction cases.
Other objectives include: examining the nutritional requirements for peak performance and to help sports persons to self-assess their requirement; provide an overview of the supplement industry, its lack of regulation and the dangers of contamination by banned substances not declared on labels.
The seminar is being sponsored by the Spanish Court Hotel, Television Jamaica (TVJ), National Commercial Bank (NCB), Guardsman Group Limited, Supreme Ventures and The Gleaner.