Jamaica’s track and field image has taken a bit of a beating in recent times, with some of our most beloved athletes being involved in doping cases and our drug testing standards were called into question last year. Globally, athletics has had a doping problem for many years.
One of the issues that came up during some of the recent cases is the fact that some athletes are not as educated about the various banned substances as they ought to be, although information has always been available from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In a bid to make the anti-doping information more ‘user-friendly,’ WADA recently published the first ever Athlete’s Reference Guide, in time for the introduction of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.
The guide will act as a crucial point of reference for all athletes looking to enhance their knowledge of the code and had been championed by members of the WADA Athlete Committee throughout the course of 2013 and 2014. It is available to Jamaican athletes on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) website and is already being circulated among athletes in JADCO’s registered testing pool, as well as other stakeholders, according to Carey Brown, executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).
The guide includes explanations of the World Anti-Doping Code; the athletes’ and coaches’ responsibilities; various types of anti-doping rule violations; therapeutic use exemption (TUE); testing, sample collection and analysis; consequences and more.
Click here to download the guide so you can get familiar with the information, too.