Revisiting the National Sports Policy Part II

The National Olympic Committee has repeatedly called for the establishment of a National Court of Arbitration for Sport (NCAS). While we do not necessarily have many issues of conflict in sport it is nonetheless very important for us to pout in place a mechanism for arbitration beyond the respective national sports associations. While the NOC may be willing to assist in this area it does seem necessary that the NCAS be outside the ambit of any single sporting organisation in the country.

2.7 Drugs, and more specifically, performance enhancing drugs, have brought sports into disrepute. There is need to speak out against this menace. It must be noted that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was the 101st country to sign the World Anti-Doping Code in Trinidad and Tobago on March 24, 2004, which is adopted by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency). National Sports Associations and their members should be cognizant of the fact that athletes carry the full responsibility and consequences for using Performance Enhancing Drugs.

St Vincent and the Grenadines has had one embarrassing case of an athlete caught in the performance enhancing game. One case is one too many.

The policy does make the all-important call for education of our students whether or not they are directly involved in sport, on the dangers of the use of performance enhancing substances.

The Canadians have shown us that many youths take drugs to enhance their appearance as individuals to attract the opposite sex. This has nothing to do with sports. For those involved in sport, however it does seem necessary to encourage them to strive after the acquisition and inculcation of positive values from sport rather than move in the direction of the very negative use of performance enhancing substances because of the prevalent attitude of, ‘ win at all cost’.