Test high-school athletes - Portia
HUNDREDS OF students who participate in the annual Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships could, in future, be subject to drug tests from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has portfolio responsibility for sports, is proposing a system for testing high-school athletes, which would include those who participate in one of the most prestigious high school track and field competitions in the world.
"We need to initiate a system for high school-level testing for athletes involved in training and competition in sport in accordance with appropriate approvals from the Ministry of Education, ISSA, and the parents and guardians of these youngsters," Simpson Miller declared yesterday during a statement to Parliament on the latest doping scandal rocking the country.
The prime minister told her parliamentary colleagues that the Government would ramp up the public-education programme in high schools and begin the process of sensitising stakeholders at the primary level.
With G.C. Foster College, Jamaica's premier physical education institution, offering full coverage of the anti-doping rules over the past 15 years, Simpson Miller said it was time the rules were introduced as part of the physical education curriculum in high schools.