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  • JADCO will receive guidance and technical support from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) after signing a 15 month contract on May 15.
  • The partnership with the Canadian anti-doping body was born out of an initial meeting CCES had with the Minister without portfolio with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley last year in South Africa.
  • The contract is expected to assist JADCO with meeting the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) standards.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) will receive guidance and technical support from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), as the Commission continues to bring its operations fully up to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards.

The collaboration has resulted from the signing of a 15-month contract on May 15, which was a follow-up to an initial meeting between Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley and CCES, in South Africa last year.

Executive Director of JADCO, Carey Brown, told JIS News that “the CCES will be offering us guidance as it relates to mentorship, capacity building and right-sizing the organization to handle the anti-doping work, including results management that is required for an anti-doping organisation.”

The CCES will also ensure that JADCO implements the WADA Code by January 2015, and is code-compliant when the code changes. The Code is the framework for harmonsied anti-doping policies, regulations, rules, and sport organisations, among national sport authorities.  It speaks to international standards involving testing, laboratories, the list of banned substances and methods, and the protection of privacy and personal information.

The JADCO head emphasised that training for staff is an essential part of the partnership. “Once you have the training it will go to us giving a better product when we go out there, our service will be improved and the spread of our services will be wider,” he explained.

Mr. Brown pointed out that the local sports industry is expected to benefit significantly from the JADCO/CCES partnership, given that many of Jamaica’s athletes, particularly in track and field, are international competitors.

“It [the partnership] will put us in the correct position to manage the level and caliber of athletes that we have and in the sporting arenas that we have them. It will also put us in a stead to be able to respond to their demands more quickly and to respond to their educational needs…which is critical to the athletes to be able to perform at their best,” he outlined.

The contract ends in August 2015. The CCES is Canada’s independent and non-profit organisation that has over 20 years experience in implementing that country’s anti-doping and sport ethics programme.