The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by hosting a Decennial Gala at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.
In recognition of this milestone, the Commission will be hosting several commemorative activities throughout the year under the theme, “Keeping Sport Clean, Forging Better Partnerships.” The activities commenced on Sunday, July 22, 2018 with a church service which was held at the Saint Andrew’s Scots Kirk United Church, in Downtown Kingston.
Speaking at the Decennial Gala, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge said, “Over the last ten years JADCO has performed most creditably, doing work that is crucial as one of the bodies tasked to maintain integrity in sports in the world. JADCO has proven itself equal to the task by virtue of the systems and methods that the agency has instituted. So much so, that it enjoys the respect and full confidence of the international governing body, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).” He further added, “Clearly ladies and gentlemen, the success of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission over the last ten years could not have been attained without the hard work and foresight of the board of directors, management and staff. Minister Grange would tell you that she is happy to be the Minister of Sport, overseeing with pride the significant developments which have marked the path of JADCO. We wish to assure the agency that it has the full and unequivocal confidence of the Ministry at this time.”
Chairman of JADCO, Alexander Williams said, “Throughout the past decade we have worked assiduously to ensure that the Commission remains committed to the fight against doping in sport. Today, we would like to thank all our partners who played their part to protect clean sport in Jamaica.”
He further added, “As we chart the path forward and forge stronger partnerships, I am pleased to say that our future at JADCO is promising and the prospects for growth and advancement are endless.”
Also speaking at JADCO’s Decennial Gala, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake said, “We are quite happy with the strides made by JADCO in its ten years of operation and on behalf of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) I salute all those who have contributed over the years to make this milestone possible. May JADCO continue doing the good work that it has been doing.”
First Vice President at the Jamaica Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA), Kirk Frankson said, “I found tonight’s celebration to be very inclusive and participatory. One of the things that stood out for me is that JADCO actually takes an approach to include all sporting associations as opposed to some sporting organisations. JADCO is always available and I think that over the last ten years our association has actually benefited from JADCO with more persons becoming aware of anti-doping regulations.”
Vice Captain, Netball Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, Vangelee Williams said, “I have benefited from JADCO through their numerous workshops. I have been to several workshops and each time I learn something new. Sometimes JADCO visits our netball house and give us sessions and those are always fun and informative. I look forward to those workshops and I would love to say to JADCO keep doing your work.”
JADCO was formally established in 2008 to execute the national anti-doping programme, in accordance with the standards stipulated by the international governing body, the World Anti-Doping Agency. JADCO’s mission is to foster a dope free environment in Jamaica that promotes the ethics and spirit of sport through education, testing, advocacy and coordination of an effective anti-doping programme in Jamaica.