Jamaica passes anti-doping law-Take that jealous world

In a bi-partisan move to blow away the clouds of suspicion and criticism, the Jamaican senate on Friday passed our country’s first anti-doping law. Jamaica has been under recent scrutiny most noticeably from the international media about the lack of out of competition drug testing and over all anti-doping laws. At least this will help boast public confidence and maybe ease some worried minds. With Jamaica taking two of the fastest sprinters to Beijing we can still expect more scrutiny and jealous bias reports. Other than that, this is good for Jamaican sports.

The Anti-Doping in Sport Act, 2008, received unanimous support from the Senate yesterday; days after the House of Representatives gave the bill the green light.

Attorney General and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Dorothy Lightbourne, piloted the bill, which will facilitate the setting up of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Com-mission. The agency will be responsible for regulating and controlling doping in sport locally.

According to Senator Lightbourne, the decision by Government to enact legislation to establish the commission, followed its adoption of the World Anti-Doping Programme and the World Anti-Doping Code.

A.J. Nicholson, leader of Opposition business in the Senate, said Jamaica was now at the pinnacle of its achievements in athletics, with the country boasting the two fastest men in the world – Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.

He highlighted the consequences of breaching the anti-doping rules, pointing out that athletes could be slapped with disqualification or suspension. Athletes could be tested for illegal drugs at least 12 hours before participating in an event, he added.

Nicholson also commented on the importance of the commission, noting that if the integrity of this body was called into question it could deal a devastating blow to the Jamaican sporting fraternity.

However, he said for decades Jamaica has had sport administrators of unquestionable character.

Government Senator Don Wehby lauded the country’s athletes for their excellent performances, which have been a source of pride for Jamaica.

He defended the integrity of Jamaica’s athletes and castigated “misguided and poorly informed commentators” who have stopped short of saying Caribbean athletes were using performance-enhancing drugs.

———————————The Jamaica Gleaner——

I saw this illustration by Clovis from the Jamaica Observer and I must admit that it was not clear what he was saying or who he was talking about. I then notice the medals around the neck of the athlete spelt M-E-R-L-E-N-E.

Merlene Ottey who now runs for Slovenia did not make it this year to what would be her 8th consecutive Olympic more than any other track and field athlete at 48 years old. Lets just say if Ottey made it this year would be old enough to be the mother of some of her fellow athletes.

Here is the illustration


~ by RB on July 27, 2008.

8 Responses to “Jamaica passes anti-doping law-Take that jealous world”

  1. Hey Dutty Bwoy,I also had problems discerning what this cartoon was/is about.Oddly,I did not even notice that the medals around the athletes neck spelled MERLENE.Thanks for pointing this out(I guess one is becoming visually challenged).I am now able to realize or ascertain what the cartoon is about.Look,I am a big fan of the great Merlene Ottey.And I admire and respect her tremendously.She has represented Jamaica greatly during her protracted and glorious athletic career and has done exceptionally well for herself.At the age of forty four when she represented Slovenia in the 2004 Olympics,I wished her the best and supported her strongly,although, I knew that she would not be a major player,or, contender in her events, as a consequence of the fact that her best years athletically had already passed.Also,I was not even upset or perturbed when she competed for another country,because she does have the right to do so.Irrespective, of the fact, that she is a national icon and treasure in Jamaica.But today, at age forty eight,I am of the perspective that Ms.Ottey should leave/exit the sport that she passionately enjoys gracefully,as opposed to tarnishing her legacy and becoming a subject to/of ridicule.Interestingly,Ms.Ottey is in a position to play a major role in sports in her land of birth, Jamaica,or, her adopted homeland Slovenia.Having said this,I want to categorically state, that one is not an ageist,because I support the American swimmer Ms. Dana Torres.But unlike Ms. Ottey, Ms Torres who is forty years old is setting world records in her specialty fields of swimming and beating young swimmers half her age.Meanwhile,Ms.Ottey is not performing, and will not be able to perform at those levels as evidenced in her not qualifying for her eighth consecutive Olympics for Slovenia. Most assuredly,Ms.Ottey will grace the Olympic Pantheon of great athletes, and indeed this is how Jamaica wants to remember her as opposed to her looking at the back of a younger generation of runners.Admittedly,like everything else in life, one has to know when to exit, and Ms. Ottey needs to do so gracefully.Merlene wi luv yuh.Tek care a yuhself sister, and nuff respect.

  2. ESTEBAN, I nearly missed the medal spelling Ms Ottey’s name too.There was an opinion piece in the Jamaica Observer on the sports page about her last attempt to make it to the Olympics this year.

    I agree that she should have given it up a long time now. maybe the that race with Gail Devers was the time she came closest to clinching the elusive gold medal. I know it must be very tough to run for 28 years and never winning the elusive gold. Its a personal haunting of sorts. I don’t want to compare the decorated sprint queen to a gambler but in a way its like playing a game, coming very close to winning then losing it. It kinds of haunts you with something you want so much right in your grasp but you miss it continuously.

    I think that she probably could have hung it up a long time ago, instead of eroding a great legacy. i wish her all the best and in my heart hope she returns to Jamaica soon.

  3. Dutty — mek dem pass law. We have to have all our ducks lined up and all our Ts crossed and our Is dotted suh dat dem caan seh nuttin’ wen wi blow dem outtah di water!

    Regarding Merlene – she is phenomenal and unparalleled; if she waan run is fi ar prerogative! If she winning dat mean she deserves to be there – if she’s winning dat mean she not thieving a spot from nobady.

  4. I say Merlene win Gold nuff nuff time but never get it because the likkle drugs-out athlete dem whe come een before har nevah get ketch! If dem did have hi-tech anti-doping equipment from earlier times, a nuff gold Merlene wudda have now!! And when YOU find that thing yuh passionate bout, and willing fi gi yuh whole life fah, den yuh wi undastan why Merlene nuh stop run yet… Me nuh tink she erode nuh legacy either. Merlene is still a sprint Queen… like EAR seh, she nah tief nuhbady space!

  5. Hopefully this new law will keep our sports clean.

    All I can say is that Merlene is one strong woman!

  6. sad headline in the Jamaica Observer front page today about Jamaican athlete testing positive for drugs:(

  7. Yes Stunner I saw it!! But who is this person? Dem seh is nuh one a di big guns dem.

  8. I meant Dutty Bwoy! Who is this person?

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