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Anti-doping process has full acceptance

Pat Strachan was the finest light heavyweight Bahamian boxer during the 1980s and indeed one of the quality world performers. He was at his peak during a period when the boxing world was not notorious for drug enhancement products. That has since changed.

The “Centreville Assassin” as he was called, remains a staunch advocate of “Clean Sports”, the actual motto of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission. BADC functions with the endorsement of the Government of The Bahamas and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

 The international governing body for amateur sports is WADA. Accordingly, in The Bahamas, the chief anti-doping organization for the amateur portion of the sporting landscape is BADC. The Bahamas Boxing Commission controls the professional aspect of the sport and does not fall under the jurisdiction of BADC.

Nevertheless, the BBC has already declared its full acceptance of the BADC that is legislated and operates under a 2009 Anti-doping Act. Strachan is the chairman of the BBC and calls the advent of BADC “excellent for sports in the country.”

“I think sports in the country has come off age in an overall sense with a body that has been established in law to oversee fairness in amateur sports. While we here in the Boxing Commission operate under our very own Act, we fully support the existence of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission,” said Strachan.

In essence, it is expected that the BBC will set a standard for the region, most certainly, and cement its place as one of the foremost world boxing anti-doping administrations.

While in amateur boxing, the scrutiny has been tight as with other disciplines, the professional side of boxing is thought to have allowed “a lot” to slip through the cracks.

This is why I hold the view that the position taken by the world’s best boxer pound-for-pound, American Floyd Mayweather, was indeed a landmark for the sport. He put the entire professional boxing fraternity on the spot in 2009 when he declared that he wanted Olympic-style dope testing to apply for his proposed bout with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines.

The bout was scheduled for March of 2010.

It has not happened, due to no fault of Mayweather.

Whether or not they ever get together in the ring, unless Pacquiao decides to comply with Mayweather’s demand for the rigid Olympic-style random urine and blood testing, there will forever be a cloud of suspicion hanging over the head of the Filipino.

Now, the Bahamas Boxing Commission is making another huge statement for the sport in the quest for “Clean Sports”.

BADC has a friend in the BBC that demonstrates that in yet one more area, the battle to ensure fair play in sports crosses over from amateurism into professionalism.

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at frobertsturrup@gmail.com).

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