Caribbean RADO board strengthened with legal training

RADO board members. Photo: Provided

RADO board members. Photo: Provided

Representing the Virgin Islands, Ephraim Penn, RADO board member and President of the BVI Olympic Committee, attended a Results Management Workshop for the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) in Georgetown, Guyana on September 7.

The workshop, which was conducted by Mr. Onye Ikwuakor, Director of Legal Affairs at the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), was undertaken to solidify the results management process across the 15 Caribbean RADO member territories. The process will ensure that the provisions of the revised World Anti-Doping Code are enforced as of January 1st, 2015 and applied fairly to all athletes and their entourage.

The Caribbean RADO also held its annual board meeting on September 6 highlighting its anti-doping education and testing programme and received reports on compliance from member countries.

Mr Penn was hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport of Guyana with support from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Addressing the opening ceremony was the Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport who thanked the organizers for showcasing Guyana’s commitment to anti-doping. Chaired by Dr. Adrian Lorde of Barbados, 14 member countries were represented at the board meeting.

The Caribbean RADO continues to ensure that all athletes who compete nationally, regionally and internationally are clean and free of prohibited substances and methods. A significant boost has been provided through a WADA Testing Grant for out-of-competition purposes which is available to all member countries. To date for 2014, nearly 100 urine tests have been collected from athletes from a range of sport disciplines, all with negative results.