Caribbean RADO’s representative Tessa Chaderton-Shaw commended the island for making progress in anti-doping at a press conference on Monday, 3rd June.
“Significant progress has been made in Dominica in anti-doping, particularly since my initial visit in January, 2011,” Mrs Shaw stated.
A local chapter, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO) was formed in July 2012, following a recommendation from the Dominica Olympic Committee and confirmation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs.
According to NADO’s chairman, Felix Wilson, no Dominican athlete has been found guilty of doping.
“Dominica continues to play its part in the global fight against doping in sports, I need you to know that it has complied with its annual dues to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), it also pays to the Caribbean RADO, the Caribbean Anti-Doping organization,” Mrs Shaw continued.
She also noted that Dominica is very responsive to requests to participate in general anti-doping activity and programs.
This she said is very important “to ensure that Dominica takes its place on the global stage to fight doping in sports in all of its forms”.
As part of compliance with RADO and WADA’s guidelines, three Dominicans have been trained as doping control officers.
“It’s important to highlight the critical role played by Dominica’s doping control officers; Marcus Blondel, Glenda Fagan and Felix Wilson,” Mrs Shaw indicated.
Mr Blondel and Ms Fagan were both recently retrained in February of this year during RADO’s annual board meeting hosted in St Lucia. The training was delivered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and sponsored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“The gender balance is very important because clearly if a female is being tested, that test needs to be observed by a female chaperone or a female doping control officer, likewise for a male athlete, the passage of urine has to be observed by males,” Mrs Shaw noted.
RADO, which is based in Barbados, plays a critical role in supporting anti-doping efforts in 15 member countries.
The Caribbean RADO’s membership includes Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago & the Turks & Caicos.
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