2013 Caribbean RADO Board Meeting & DCO Training
Athletes are being urged to stay away from drugs, whether it be illegal or performance enhancing drugs.
This message came from, Mr. Felix Wilson who is a Board member of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO), following its annual Board Meeting with its fifteen member countries in Castries, St. Lucia from February 23rd-24th 2013.
The meeting was hosted by the St. Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development & Sports.
Mr. Wilson pointed out that they discussed several issues related to Anti-Doping activities in the Caribbean Region.
Mr. Wilson says it is important that all countries are very vigilant in their efforts against doping, to ensure they protect the integrity of the country and their athletes.
He said all athletes should also stay away from doping as it is cheating which is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
He noted that those involved in doping, should be aware that it destroys their health and that drugs will deteriorate their performance over a period of time.
Mr. Wilson says these officers are very critical to anti-doping, as they are entitled to take blood and urine samples for testing from athletes in and out of competition.
He says this is necessary to prevent Lance Armstrong doping cases in the Caribbean.
Through the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC), he says they will continue to host sessions on anti-doping to all athletes which are very important.
He added, they are currently working on a project to be financed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to further educate sports persons on why it is not wise to dope while participating in sporting activities.
Mr. Wilson added, emerging from the deliberations at the Board Meeting was the need to maintain a prominent education agenda so that, athletes and other sport stakeholders understand the value of anti-doping education and maintain clean sports.
In addition, WADA will be offering support for out-of-competition testing to all RADO member countries in 2013 through a testing grant, while strengthening the relationships among anti-doping stakeholders in each country also remains a top priority.
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.