The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) convened its annual Board Meeting with its fifteen member countries in Castries, St. Lucia from February 23-24. The meeting was hosted by the St. Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development & Sports.

Running parallel with the Board Meeting was a three day workshop attended by 30 RADO Doping Control Officers (DCOs) from Feb. 22-24. The training was delivered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and sponsored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The DCOs expressed delight in being able to advance their knowledge and to become more proficient in conducting urine drug testing. DCOs perform a critical role in managing the testing of athletes around the world. The Caribbean RADO can now boast of having a cadre of 65 trained DCOs in its 15 member countries.

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. 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.

For further information contact, Mrs Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, Executive Director at 246-836-2715

Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization Barbados Olympic Centre

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