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  • Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Carey Brown, says that partnership is crucial to the continued growth of Jamaica’s anti-doping programme.
  • Citing JADCO’s joint agreement with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), Mr. Brown said the venture has yielded great results and has enhanced the capacity of the local anti-doping agency.
  • Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Mr. Brown noted that CCES has also learnt a lot from the agreement.

Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Carey Brown, says that partnership is crucial to the continued growth of Jamaica’s anti-doping programme.

Citing JADCO’s joint agreement with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), Mr. Brown said the venture has yielded great results and has enhanced the capacity of the local anti-doping agency.

“We get the benefit of working with an anti-doping agency that has over 20 years experience. We have access to their intellectual property which helps us a lot in terms of developing systems and internal guidelines. They have helped us with our training for sample collection personnel, educational material, and website development,” he said.

Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Mr. Brown noted that CCES has also learnt a lot from the agreement.

The Executive Director said there are also ongoing partnerships with local bodies, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) and the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) as well as plans to collaborate with other anti-doping agencies, all of which are to ensure a “robust testing programme.”

“As it relates to testing, we are looking at cooperation with other anti-doping organizations, because quite a few of our athletes do not live on Jamaican soil [but] they are in our registered testing pool and we are required to test them,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Manager of Doping Initiatives at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Kerline Henrie, commended JADCO for its work in protecting the integrity of sports.

“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with JADCO. The staff and Board should be commended for their dedication to athletes and sports…and for protecting the integrity of sports in Jamaica,” she said.

Ms. Henrie argued that anti-doping bodies should not be viewed as enforcers, but rather as protectors, stressing that it cannot be done without the help of key stakeholders.

“Doping can be a big threat to sports and in order to achieve our goal of eliminating doping…we cannot do it alone; we need everyone’s involvement, especially sporting federations and athlete support personnel.

JADCO signed a technical support agreement with CCES in May of last year through which the Canadian entity has provided guidance and technical expertise to help JADCO consolidate its operations. The agreement will end this August.

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