Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, Executive Director of Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO), visited the Territory for few days last week and made the disclosure at a press conference held at Maria´s By The Sea on Friday, January 25.

Her visit is an attempt by the BVI Olympic Committee to step up its anti-doping awareness campaign in the Territory since joining RADO close to a year ago.

"The next hurdle is ensuring that the BVI can access some $50,000 for a national project. I am aware that the next deadline is March 15...We can get it done, but we will have to move very quickly...The funds can be used for capacity building to build the knowledge base of national sports federations which I had the pleasure of interacting with yesterday [Thursday]...We have to work towards that," Chaderton-Shaw related.

She stressed the importance of continued education, pointing out that WADA's prohibited list is revised annually and becomes effective January 1st of each year.

Chaderton-Shaw described the list as a very complex document that details prohibited substances in and out of competition.

President of the BVIOC, Epharim Penn explained that as part of the BVI´s membership in RADO, some five out of competition testing had to be completed in order to remain compliant.

"It was a challenge ...We did five tests in three sports and the results came back all negative. We did all the basic that we needed to do and we thought that it was time for us to move to the next level and spread the gospel about the importance of remaining clean," Penn stated.

He stated that the BVIOC plans to focus on the schools.

"We are going to go forward and try to get into schools as much as possible to educate the young ones because that is the future of sports in the Virgin Islands and once they have the foundation then sports can grow and everyone will be on the same page," Penn related.

He stated that the BVi is further along because of the BVIOC's partnership with Ministry of Education and Culture, the BVI National Commission for UNESCO and Mr. Jamal Smith of Thornton Smith and Associates.

While here Chaderton-Shaw, met with students, athletes, sporting organizations and Government officials.

RADO comprises a regional board responsible for the management of anti-doping among 15 member countries spanning from the Bahamas in the north to Suriname and Guyana in the south. The Caribbean RADO is one of 15 RADOs that represent 122 countries.

The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization is based in Barbados and acts as the secretariat for anti-doping issues for Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos.

The Caribbean RADO is a member of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) and is supported by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Further information can be sourced at www.caribbeanrado.com