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Doping a problem in the Caribbean, says Grenada RADO member

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.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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