– Caribbean RADO conducts workshop
Guyana has taken a step toward the development of an Anti-Doping policy in sports that will be channelled through a National Anti-Doping Agency with the visit of a Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) administrator, who conducted a workshop.
Regional Administrator at the Caribbean RADO, Tessa Chaderton-Shaw yesterday met with the administrators and prominent athletes to explain, among other issues, how a national anti-doping policy is linked to athletes at the domestic level and RADO regionally.
The aim was to help associations and federations understand the importance of having their best athletes register with the national and regional anti-doping bodies.
Guyana Olympic Association Vice-President, Dr. Karen Pilgrim said Guyana is close to establishing anti-doping policies.
“Guyana is very close to establishing the anti-doping rules for Guyana. Once WADA (the World Anti-Doping Association) accepts those rules, athletes will be bound by those rules; soon we will have athletes being tested locally, as a result,” Pilgrim told those present.
Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Alfred King noted that the establishment of the local body needs personnel and resources to be effective.
He observed that a lot of work needs to be done to create more awareness on the issue.
“With support from WADA, we can take some responsibility. We need a lot of resources so that maybe, in three or four years, we can get our local anti-doping association up and running,” King pointed out, before Chaderton-Shaw took over proceedings at Olympic House.
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