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  • Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, is urging athletes not to rely on supplements.
  • The Minister pointed out that an over-reliance on supplements can result in the athlete neglecting his or her core diet.
  • She noted that legislation is also being considered to address the illegal importation of banned supplements.

Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, is urging athletes not to rely on supplements, but to focus instead on building a diet based on good nutrition and healthy practices.

“Many of our athletes are using supplements as part of their training or competition routines. This practice may stem from the belief that a normal diet is not sufficient for optimum performance,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

She was making her contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 24.

The Minister pointed out that an over-reliance on supplements can result in the athlete neglecting his or her core diet.

“Sport supplements have also been found to contain ingredients that are not stated on labels and some have been linked to the cause of death among athletes worldwide,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

She noted that legislation is also being considered to address the illegal importation of banned supplements.

“Let me admonish coaches, administrators and athlete-support personnel that they are equally culpable if they are found guilty of providing banned substances to junior athletes,” the Minister said.