The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) officially launched its redesigned website on Thursday, October 14, 2021 via Zoom. The launch was also streamed live on YouTube.
Speaking at the virtual launch, keynote speaker the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport said, “I join with you to celebrate the launch of the new and improved JADCO website. I want to commend JADCO for continuing to take steps to reach and engage its key stakeholders and this revamped website is a positive step in engaging the sport fraternity in Jamaica. She further added, “As the agency tasked with the responsibility for coordinating the national anti-doping programme in Jamaica, it is of great importance that JADCO continues to ensure that all relevant information on athletes rights and responsibilities are made accessible in real time. It is essential that every athlete, coach or any person interested or involved in sport, particularly competitive sport can feel confident that they can find the information that they need quickly and with ease.”
Chairman of JADCO, Alexander Williams also said, “I am very impressed with the redesign of the website and now that we have put out the effort to improve the platform, the onus is on you to utilise it. This website will serve as a central information hub to promote clean sport and we hope that you will benefit extensively from the new platform. I must use this opportunity to encourage our visitors to make this website the first resource for anti-doping information. He further added, “I am also happy to announce that the section on the website for reporting doping has also been improved and we encourage you to utilise it extensively. ’If you see something say something’, please report all doping activities to JADCO. We believe this is the next step which we need to take together to protect clean sport in Jamaica.”
The JADCO website which can be accessed at www.jadco.gov.jm, is JADCO’s latest initiative to provide guidance and communicate effectively with its target audience, which includes athletes, athlete support personnel and the public. The website is designed to be user-friendly and includes vital information to educate and inform stakeholders who require up-to-date information about anti-doping.
Improvements to the JADCO website include the addition of an Athletes Corner, which puts information relevant to athletes in a central location. The section for Reporting Doping, the social media icons and the notices section have been made more prominent. The e-Learning section on the website was also improved and provides users with easy access to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s e-Learning platform ADEL. Other improvements include the addition of videos and the news section to the homepage of the platform.
JADCO’s website encapsulates information about the doping control process, prohibited substances and news on developments at JADCO. It also provides users with easy access to the decisions made by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADDP) and Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal (ADAT) and includes quick links for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The JADCO website was initially launched on September 4, 2014 after the Commission collaborated with Toucan Jamaica to develop and design the website over four months, starting in May 2014. Once again JADCO collaborated with Toucan Jamaica to redesign the website beginning in April 2021.
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.