Dr Lorde and Chirpy smThe Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization is delighted to be a major contributor to the new Cricket West Indies & Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Academic Manual. The Teachers' guide "Chirpy's Classroom Adventure Cricket Manual" is the product of a collaboration between Cricket West Indies (CWI), Scotiabank, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), UNICEF and the Caribbean RADO.

Speaking during the official launch on Tuesday 13th March, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean RADO's Chairman Dr Adrian Lorde said the partnership came naturally, having worked with the various parties in the past.

He believes the child-friendly manual will be an invaluable tool to capture the attention of young cricketers who are at an influential age while providing guidance on anti-doping in its chapter on 'Healthy Lifestyles'.

"Moreover, teachers and students will easily and readily digest this information. It reinforces positive values held in high esteem in the Caribbean so that our future cricketer can focus on winning with credibility. The next step will be to have this manual available in electronic format since the targeted age group, and most adults are technologically savvy using various social media platforms and applications on mobile phones. Perhaps then, an App for the cell phone could be created so as to make the manual more accessible."

Dr Lorde also added that the Caribbean RADO is hoping to engage CXC with enhancing the anti-doping content being placed on their syllabi for the various courses of study, as many CXC students already access the RADO office and website for information on anti-doping when doing their School Based Assessments.

Caribbean RADO has had a relationship with CWI (formerly WICB) from 2007, during preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Since then, Caribbean RADO has conducted doping controls in and out of competitions at domestic, regional, and international cricket matches for both International Cricket Council and CWI. Of the 238 urine tests done in cricket in the region since 2013, there have been no adverse analytical findings, that is, no positive tests.

The Regional Anti-Doping body has also conducted educational sessions for both male and female regional cricketers at various levels. Dr Lorde said these activities are crucial to the preservation of the reputation of the game.

"Doping is against the spirit of cricket. It is cheating. It is performance-enhancing and may be harmful to one's health. Not only is doping the finding of a prohibited substance in one's body, it could be the possession of such a substance, the use or attempted use of a banned substance or method, the failure to submit to doping controls when asked to do so, the failure to give whereabouts information, trafficking in these drugs, or associating with anyone serving a sanction for a doping offense."

In reaffirming its commitment to keeping cricket in the region doping-free, Dr Lorde noted that the Caribbean RADO stood ready to work with CWI and its partners in their member countries on similar projects and will continue with the respective educational activities as ignorance of the rules is no excuse.

"So far our cricket region has been clean and we are hopeful that it will stay that way. We will continue to be vigilant, and by introducing anti-doping education at this early and impressionable age, in an effort to maintain our region's clean record, we aim to protect the rights of our clean cricketers."