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Minister Grange supports Introduction of Anti Doping Education at all Levels of School

The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange (File Photo)


January 28, 2022 | Vision Newspaper |

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport the Honourable Olivia Grange said today that she will be having discussions with the Ministry of Education and Youth about the introduction of Anti-Doping Education at all levels of the school system.

Minister Grange made the announcement as she opened the Eighth Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO)  Annual Symposium this morning (January 27).

Minister grange was responding to a question about whether Jamaica could start to educate student athletes from the basic school level on anti-doping in sports.

The Sports Minister Grange said: “I will be instructing the technical team at the ministry to commence the drafting of a memorandum of understanding between the relevant parties to ensure that this is done in an expeditious way.

“As Minister, I am committed to ensuring that we support the work of JADCO to ensure that all our student athletes are exposed to Anti-doping education.

“With the Institute of (INSPORT) working with basic and primary schools, we will start the public education on anti-doping in sports at all levels.

“The government of Jamaica supports the work of JADCO by providing all the resources it needs to educate the populace as it carries out its mission to prevent dumping in Jamaica.

“Government provides JADCO with over $200 million from the central budget each year for its operations as well as contributing to the budget of the world anti-doping association (WADA) to help with the global fight against doping in sport.  This year that contribution was more than 1 million Jamaican dollars.

“Jamaica created history as for the first time a president of WADA was addressing a national anti-doping organization in the Caribbean.”

The President, Mr Witold Banka, gave the keynote address at the Symposium, titled, Reporting Doping: See Something Say Something.

Reporting Doping: See Something Say Something, is encouragement; a call to action for all of us.  We must see it as our duty to report doping whenever we have credible information. I am pleased to see that there are over 200 participants on the platform, representing the various sporting disciplines, associations and federations,” The Minister Grange concluded.

SOURCE Ministry of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport

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