School athletes clean
THE DRUG BUSTERS came up empty-handed at the recent PowerAde Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (BSSAC) which were held at the National Stadium.
But the National Anti-Doping Commission (NADC) has warned that it will now focus on out-of-competition testing in sports taking part in the Commonwealth Games and the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in addition to other non-Olympic sports.
NADC conducted doping controls and athlete education at BSSAC where the athletes were subjected to drug tests in accordance with the international standard for testing of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
But the urine samples, which were analysed at a WADA-accredited lab, showed no prohibited substances or methods in the samples submitted.
Heartened by the findings, NADC’s chairman, Dr Adrian Lorde noted that the young athletes, coaches and parents were taking the anti-doping education and not taking chances using drugs in sports.
He urged the athletes to continue to compete fairly and be drug free.
“Stay away from supplements as some may contain substances not listed on their label that might cause a positive drug test,” Lorde said. (EZS)