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Doping update for PE teachers


Barry Alleyne

Doping update for PE teachers

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NOT ON OUR WATCH!
More than 20 of this country’s physical education teachers were brought into the realistic world of doping in sports yesterday, when the Barbados Olympic Association hosted a one-day workshop at its Wildey headquarters.
The teachers, inclusive of former athletes who represented Barbados such as cricketer Ezra Moseley, basketballer Ryan Leacock, and netballer Jaunita Austin, were educated on the latest developments sport faces when it comes to doping.
They were also brought up to speed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) drug code, policy and list of banned substances.
The workshop was addressed by Tessa Chadderton Shaw, regional administrator of the Caribbean’s Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO), as well as Neil Murrell, secretary of Barbados’ National Anti-Doping Commission (NADC).
 The two facilitators interacted with the PE teachers regarding the difficulties they face every day with the emerging athletes.
Murrell revealed that Barbados remained one of the most active countries when it came to preaching the anti-doping message, and that chairman of the NADC, Dr Adrian Lorde, had placed the island on the proverbial map when it came to fighting drug use in sports.
According to Murrell, PE teachers had been targeted for the important workshop, since they came into contact with Barbados’ most talented athletes at an early stage.
He noted that the anti-doping fight was an expensive one, but that WADA, based in Montreal, Canada, had comitted over $50 million to the fight.
During one of the sessions, many teachers queried whether the time had come to start testing athletes at schools for banned substance.
 But Murrell noted that the NADC was convinced education was the key at this time, since learning about the dangers to health and destruction of possible careers, were most important for athletes under the age of 17.
He said that RADO was not interested at this time in drug testing juveniles, but they had made superb strides in the last decade, to the point where drug testing is done at the CARIFTA swimming and track and field competitions for athletes between 17 and 20 years old.
Murrell added that Barbados had done 15 out-of-competition drug tests in an effort to keep Barbadian athletes clean.
Chadderton-Shaw, in her opening address, said she wanted Barbados to be one of the most educated sporting nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We simply don’t want drugs in our sports. It’s not good for the sport and it’s not good for the health of the athletes, who are our children,” she told the PE teachers.
Chadderton-Shaw said that drug cheats were going to extreme lengths to hide their cheating ways.
She revealed that at a recent symposium in Montreal, she even witnessed an Internet blog in which participants, most of them athletes, were discussing ways they could use banned substances and still hide from dope control officers employed by WADA.
Participants were also informed about the mandate of WADA, the newest mechanisms being used to fight doping, the doping control process, and the importance of anti-doping education programmes in schools across Barbados.
The teachers were also provided with the names of prohibited substances on WADA’s list. 

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