Compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code High on Caribbean RADO Agenda

Caribbean RADO Member Country Representatives (MCRs) and delegates during the 2023 Annual General Meeting.

The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) is set to focus on Code Compliance, Education  and Testing in its respective Member Countries over the next six months. Patrick Werleman, Chairman  of Caribbean RADO, says priority will be given to the upcoming World Anti-Doping Code Compliance  Questionnaire (CCQ). The CCQ will assess how well Code Signatories have implemented the 2021 Code  and International Standards. 

“We are going to give our Member Countries as much support as we can in order for them to complete this questionnaire. It’s going to be a long process with some potential corrective actions coming from  the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, we will help them throughout this process. We don’t  want any of our Member Countries to be deemed non-compliant,” says Werleman. 

The Caribbean RADO Chairman says education, testing and training are also high on the regional agenda. 

“Our Member Countries need to conduct education programmes and awareness sessions at the local  level, in addition to doing comprehensive testing. We have already recertified our existing doping  control officers (DCOs); and have started the process of securing training for new DCOs. We always  ensure that our regional sample collection personnel can continue to function at the highest levels. We  now want to increase the numbers of DCOs we have participating in major international events such as  the Olympic Games and Panam Games.” 

Caribbean RADO Chairman Patrick Werleman speaking during the Member Country Representative Capacity Building Workshop.

Werleman has also outlined some of the hurdles facing anti-doping programmes in the region, following  the recent Caribbean RADO Annual General Meeting held in Trinidad and Tobago May 6-7, 2023. 

“The main challenge remains resources – human resources as well as financial resources. We need to  look for ways to increase our revenue. Although we are a not-for-profit organization, we definitely need  to generate as much income as we possibly can. Although it is difficult, we are still maximizing the  limited resources we have to the benefit of our Member Countries. However, we are working to  improve in this area.” 

The Caribbean RADO Chairman also acknowledges the difficulties faced by the small nations in our  region to fully meet the extensive requirements set by international organizations. He says increased  engagement with regional governments is one way the Caribbean RADO is working to boost resources in  individual member countries.

Werleman has commended Member Country Representatives and Delegates for their active  participation in the Capacity Building Workshop and AGM discussions where a new By-Law to govern the  operations of Caribbean RADO was adopted. 

Caribbean RADO Chairman Patrick Werleman [second left] greeting Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sports and Community Development during a recent courtesy visit, accompanied by Gabre-Jesu McTair, Director – Physical Education and Sport Division, Ministry of Sport and Community Development [left], and Caribbean RADO Executive Director Dr. Sasha Sutherland.

While in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean RADO also engaged in courtesy visits with Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe,  Minister of Sport and Community Development as well as Ms. Diane Henderson, President of the Trinidad  and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC). Both parties reiterated their commitment to the anti-doping  programme in the twin-island Republic. 

The Caribbean RADO expresses sincerest thanks to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the TTOC for  facilitating the hosting of the 2023 Annual General Meeting. Grenada has been proposed as the host for the  2024 AGM. 

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