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Scores of students came out for the Anti-doping Seminar hosted by the Bachelor in Education fourth year students held on Thursday April 21, 2016.
This seminar was organized around the theme: “Doping is Cheating: Preserving the Integrity of Sports” and it was geared toward sensitizing student-athletes and sports professionals about what is doping and the implications of using illegal performance enhancing substances and methods. Anti-doping presentations were done by a team from the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission, who demonstrated how doping tests are carried out on athletes.
The Keynote speaker, Dr. Orville Taylor, Senior Lecturer of Sociology at UWI highlighted the importance of athletes being psychologically prepared, and thereby avoiding doping. Another presenter was Mr. Jahmar Clarke, Attorney-At-Law who focused on the implications of a positive analytical finding on an athlete.
There was also a panel discussion focused on the dangers of engaging in doping. Members of the panel included Mrs. Paula Daley-Morris, Jamaica National Netball President; Ms. Jean Nelson, Manager of Jamaica National Women’s Football Team; Mr. Dennis Howard Bell, General Manager of Jamaica National Football Teams; Mr. David Bernard Snr., Fitness Instructor of Jamaica Cricket Association and Mr. Elton Johnson, Education Officer in charge of Physical Education.