Who Is Caribbean RADO?
To have a unified region, committed to clean sport
The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) was established in 2005 with various National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Governments from 14 member states of the CARICOM including Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands. Seven (7) years later in 2012, Aruba and the British Virgin Islands became members. Curacao, Bonaire and the Virgin Islands later joined in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The Caribbean RADO is one (1) of three (3) RADOs in the Americas, and sixteen (16) internationally. It is housed within the Barbados Olympic Centre in the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, Barbados.
The Caribbean RADO is supported by the World Anti-Doping Agency and has four (4) main objectives:
‣ To ensure member countries adopt and implement rules, policies and programmes which conform with the Code
‣ To cooperate with other relevant Anti-Doping Organizations
‣ To encourage reciprocal testing between National Anti-Doping Organizations and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations.
‣ To promote anti-doping research and anti-doping education.
Thus, the key responsibilities of the Caribbean RADO are as follows:
‣ Doping Control- Testing and Training
‣ Education and Advocacy
‣ Programme Implementation
The role of Caribbean RADO is to assist National Olympic Committees (NOCs), National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), and national sport federations, through the designated Member Country Representative, in becoming compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code by establishing Anti-Doping Rules; a Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee; Results Management Committee; In-and-Out-of-Competition Testing Program; an Appeals Panel; developing and implementing Education Programs and athlete outreach; and to complete and update various data gathering tools to determine the level of compliance per country. The Caribbean RADO also manages a vibrant doping control programme and acts as the Sample Collection Authority for various international Sport Federations.
The Caribbean RADO also acts as a conduit for countries that wish to access funding from donors, such as UNESCO, through its International Convention against Doping in Sport and to apply for the UNESCO Voluntary Fund.
There are 17 member country representatives of the Caribbean RADO 2019-2022 term.