JADCO hosts panel discussion at 2018 Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education workshop

JADCO hosts panel discussion at 2018 Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education workshop

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) hosted a panel discussion at the fifth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop, which was held a Jamaica Conference Centre on Saturday.

The panel discussion, which focused on Keeping Sport Clean in Jamaica, highlighted the importance of applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption and emphasised the health consequences of doping. The members of the panel were Dr Kevin Jones, chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission's Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee; and Dr Jodi-Ann Smith, a representative from the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association. The workshop also included presentations on the functions and responsibilities of JADCO and the doping control process.

Speaking at the workshop, June Spence-Jarrett, executive director of JADCO, said, “In recent months, the commission has adopted a new approach to improve your experience. We have been making several courtesy calls to federations and associations. The commission knows that keeping sport clean requires collaboration, so we are not only maintaining partnerships that already exist, but we aim to improve them. As our mandate evolves, we too must make the necessary changes.”

Also speaking at the workshop, Anntoneo Haughton, senior athlete at Racers Track Club, said, “The workshop was very informative, particularly the section about the therapeutic use exemption. I think that a lot of athletes did not have this information at their disposal, but now it is very accessible and the workshop was a great experience. The speakers were very informative. They spoke about visiting schools and all the workshops that they host on a yearly basis. These initiatives are basically keeping all athletes and coaches informed and helping to keep sport clean.”

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