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  • The funds will be used to develop nutritional and educational materials, a new website, as well as for additional doping control testing.
  • The OPM has commenced a review of the current Anti-doping legislation with a view to strengthening the Act.
  • Other initiatives include the training of six additional persons to serve as Doping Control Officers and Blood Control Officers.

The Government is taking steps to strengthen the country’s anti-doping efforts, which will be boosted by grant funding of approximately $7.2 million from the CHASE Fund.

The funds will be used to develop nutritional and educational materials, a new website, as well as for additional doping control testing, for the purpose of ‘Preserving the Spirit of Sport’.

Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, provided details about the funding from CHASE, at a press briefing on November 22, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

She informed that the OPM has commenced a review of the current Anti-doping legislation with a view to strengthening the Act and ensuring it is in keeping with best practices and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

She further informed that the Government is in receipt of a report from WADA following the visit of its officials to the island at the end of October, where they conducted a review of the operations at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).

“Their report has been received and we are now in a process of identifying the next steps as we seek to implement the recommendations that have been made to improve operations of our anti-doping agency,” she said.

The Minister informed that the new JADCO Executive Director, Carey Brown, has commenced the process of conducting a thorough assessment of the needs of JADCO at all levels.

She said that Mr. Brown will be visiting WADA’s offices in Canada during the week of December 16 at the invitation of the agency. “He will also visit the WADA accredited laboratory in Montreal and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport with a view to establishing a cooperative partnership between JADCO and this anti-doping organisation,” she said.

Other initiatives revealed by the Minister include the training of six additional persons on November 30 to serve as Doping Control Officers and Blood Control Officers.

“We are also continuing to take the necessary steps to ensure that all our athletes – young and old, and all persons, who form part of our athletes’ support team – coaches, agents, managers, therapists, and others, have full access to doping-related information through structured training programmes and the use of information technology,” she said.

Minister Headley added that JADCO is moving ahead to fill the additional three vacancies that exist for Public Education Officer, Accounting Technician and Human Resources Manager. She noted that since August 2013, six posts have been filled. These include positions for Executive Director, Director of Finance, Director of Communications, Director of Technical Services, Doping Control and Results Management Coordinator, and one of two Public Education Officers.

“Jamaica remains committed to fully addressing any deficiencies that may exist in the operations of JADCO and its programme and in supporting and maintaining a dope-free sporting environment,” she stated.

The Minister also expressed appreciation for the efforts of the various international sports federations, particularly the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), which has consistently conducted doping tests on athletes in Jamaica and abroad.