- Jamaica is supporting proposed revisions to the WADA Code, slated to become effective in January 2015.
- The new anti-doping rules aim to strengthen the capacity of WADA and various anti-doping organizations globally.
- Mrs. Neita Headley said Jamaica’s presence at the Conference was “very important”.
Jamaica is supporting proposed revisions to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, slated to become effective in January 2015.
The new anti-doping rules aim to strengthen the capacity of WADA and various anti-doping organizations globally to preserve integrity in sport and protect athletes not resorting to using illicit substances, such stimulants and masking agents, in or out of competition.
Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, who attended the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the proposals were deliberated, from November 10 to17, said in ratifying the new rules, Jamaica also called for strengthening of WADA’s programme, particularly related to the provision of increased support for developing countries like Jamaica.
“Our position is quite simple. The stiffer penalties of up to four years, as called for in Article 10.2 of the Code, for first-time offenders, will be more effective and meaningful if the support services are in place and a vigorous testing programme is upheld. Along with promulgating the new Code, we also believe it is important for WADA to provide more tangible support to developing countries as we all seek to advance our educational and testing programmes,” she outlined while providing an update on the Conference during a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, November 22.
Mrs. Neita Headley said Jamaica’s presence at the Conference was “very important”, as it enabled her to “clarify and, hopefully, dispel some of the recent negative publicity concerning Jamaica’s anti-doping programme.”
“As I said there, and repeat here, the Government of Jamaica is relentless in its commitment to integrity in sport and will do its part for the maintenance of a doping-free sporting environment. We stand with our athletes,” she assured.