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New anti-doping law passed, senator calls for full endorsement

Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Opposition Senator Alexander Williams has called for all local sports bodies to embrace Jamaica's new anti-doping legislation.



The Anti-Doping in Sports Act 2014 was passed in the Senate yesterday and will take effect after Governor General Sir Patrick Allen signs it into law.



It replaces the Anti-Doping in Sports Act 2008 and according to Justice Minister Mark Golding will also bring Jamaica’s legislation in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency's revised code and international standards, which takes effect on January 1.



Williams, who was speaking during yesterday’s debate on the new law, pointed to Jamaica’s global dominance in athletics and said he hopes local sporting bodies understand what was happening with the introduction of the new legislation.



He urged them not to adopt an adversarial approach with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCo), but instead to provide their full support.



Among other things, the new law increases JADCO’s jurisdiction to include athlete support personnel and athletes who are visiting, training or competing in Jamaica.



JADCO has indicated that it is ready for the revised WADA Code and international standards.



Executive Director for JADCo, Carey Brown, says the agency is now preparing its new anti-doping rules that should be gazetted and published before year end.



Brown says the rules will also take effect on January 1 and that early in the New Year all stakeholders will be sensitized about them.



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