Regional delegates got together to discuss anti-doping issues in the region this week at the Caribbean Region of Anti-doping Organisation board meeting.
We spoke to Joel Johnson, a member of Grenada’s Anti-doping Organization on last night’s Lets Talk Sports about doping in the Caribbean and how to eliminate it.
“I believe there is a doping problem in the Caribbean so whatever happens in the larger countries, it has a tendency to trickle down into the Caribbean. Athletes know they are exposed to many things, they have different doctors coming to them saying ‘Hey I can give you this thing and you could perform better, you could run faster, jump higher,’ so our athletes are exposed to it. But on a smaller sense we have a problem with education in the Caribbean still. Some athletes are not educated enough to know what they should take and what they shouldn’t take, so just because of negligence they may take a substance that is prohibited and they may end up in trouble.”
The Caribbean Regional Anti-doping Organization held its board meeting in the Cayman Islands for the first time and during their deliberations they have now added one more country to RADO, Bonaire. The total country involvement is now at 17.
RADO holds their board meetings once a year around the region.