Aruba and the British Virgin Islands are the newest members of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO).  Their applications were approved when the RADO Board held its annual Board meeting in the Federation of Kitts and Nevis from 11-12 February 2012 under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth, Empowerment and Sports in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Minister of Sports the Honourable Glenn Phillip and President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee Alphonzo Bridgewater expressed their unswerving support for the mandate of WADA and for the RADO.

Board members were reminded of the need to accelerate their anti-doping agendas, to increase communication with sport-related stakeholders and most importantly, to encourage their Governments to pay their annual fee to the RADO to ensure the organization’s sustainability. This is critical to ensure that athletes in the region play fair, compete clean and make their countries proud, especially in this Olympic year.

The main facilitators included RADO Chairman Dr. Adrian Lorde and Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, Executive Director of the RADO in Barbados and one of the key presenters at the meeting. WADA was represented by Tom May, Senior Manager, Programme Development and Maria Pesce Cutri, Regional Director for Latin America.  Others attending the meeting included representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas,

Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Caribbean RADO was formed in 2005 to ensure that member countries comply with the provisions in the World Anti-Doping Code and implement anti-doping education and doping control among the sport fraternity.

CAPTION: Dr. Adrian Lorde, Chairman of RADO (second row, left) and Tessa Chaderton-Shaw (seated, second left) represented Barbados at the RADO Board meeting held in St. Kitts and Nevis. Also in the photograph are representatives from representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.