In 1999, the International Olympic Committee led the way to creating the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through a
collective initiative of sport and governments. WADA seeks to foster a doping-free culture in sport. It combines the resources of sport and government
to enhance, supplement and coordinate existing efforts to educate athletes about the harmful effects of doping, reinforce the ideal of fair play and detect those
who cheat themselves and their sport.
On 5th March, 2003, the international sports movement gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and approved the
terms of the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code sets out “. . . specific anti-doping rules and principles that are to be followed by organisations
responsible for adopting, implementing or enforcing anti-doping rules within authority — e.g., the International Olympic Committee, International
Paralympic Committee, International Federations, Major Event Organisations and National Anti-Doping
On 11th July, 2003, the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA), the International Federation
governing the aquatic disciplines of Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water Swimming and Masters Swimming, at its Extraordinary
Congress in Barcelona, Spain, decided to accept the World Anti-Doping Code. Simultaneously, FINA enacted a new set of Doping Control Rules as its own
Anti-Doping Rules pursuant to the Code. These Rules came into effect worldwide on 11th September, 2003. The FINA Doping Control Rules apply to each
Participant in the activities of FINA or any of its Member Federations by virtue of the Participant’s membership, accreditation or participation in FINA, its
Member Federations, or their Competitions.
FINA’s new Anti-Doping Rules apply to all Doping Controls under FINA’s jurisdiction. All Member
Federations must comply with FINA’s Anti-Doping Rules. Each Member Federation’s regulations must stipulate that they deem all FINA Rules,
including Anti-Doping Rules, as incorporated into and directly applicable to and followed by Competitors, Competitor Support Personnel, coaches,
physicians, team leaders, and club and Federation representatives under that Federation’s jurisdiction.
The Bahamas Swimming Federation [BSF] is a Member of FINA and, as such, is bound by FINA’s Doping Control
Rules. Accordingly, all Competitors, Competitor Support Personnel, coaches, physicians, team leaders, and club and Federation representatives under
the BSF’s jurisdiction must also comply with the FINA Doping Control Rules.
Consequently, FINA requires the BSF to:
a) report all Doping Control results of BSF and other Competitors to FINA;
b) allow FINA to conduct Doping Control at BSF National Championships or any other Competition within the BSF’s jurisdiction; and
c) allow FINA to conduct unannounced Testing on any Competitor under the BSF’s jurisdiction.
Additionally, on 31st July, 2003, the Hon. Neville W. Wisdom, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, signed the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in Sports on behalf of the Bahamas Government. Bahamian
Athletes/Competitors are now subject to the Code and the Bahamas
Olympic Association [BOA] is, effectively, the National Anti-Doping
Organisation for The Bahamas for the time being. Consequently, the BOA will
conduct Doping Control within The Bahamas similar to FINA's anti-doping
policies and procedures.
The purpose and scope of these pages are to assist Competitors, Competitor Support Personnel,
coaches, physicians, team leaders, and club and Federation representatives under the BSF’s jurisdiction understand the current anti-doping rules and policies
of FINA, specifically how it affects each Person, and the Competitor’s role and responsibilities during In-Competition and Out-of-Competition Testing.
We have included the various documents and forms used by WADA and FINA in PDF
format, so that you can download them, if necessary.
Our goal and mission are to ensure that Bahamian swimmers do not jeopardise their careers because of a lack of
information on the subject.
The information herein is current as of 4th December, 2003.
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