Bodybuilding has clean slate
President of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) Danny Sumner confirmed that a decline in the number of positive doping tests has been seen in the sport throughout the Caribbean.
Sumner thanked all the athletes, especially Bahamians for keeping the sport, which has been stained in the past, clean. The head of the local governing body, Sumner, is also an executive in the region.
“There has been a major decline in positive doping tests,” said Sumner. “We haven’t had any positive [tests] in this country for quite some time. The decline in numbers has also been seen in the Caribbean. All of this is due to the fact that the anti-doping program, which was initiated when World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took over, is in place now. All of the presidents from around the Caribbean are pleased to make that announcement.
“The International Federaion for Bodybuilding (IFBB) doping procedures [have] clearly helped to clean the sport. Athletes competing at the world level in bodybuilding and the regional level are all clean. We’ve seen this trend trickle down to countries such as The Bahamas.”
The Central American and Caribbean (CAC) body has setup a regional Anti-Doping Commission at the last hosting of the bodybuilding and fitness championships. The seven member board has representatives from around the Caribbean. Local physician, Dr. Cyprian Strachan sits in for The Bahamas.
“It makes the local presidents within the region feel good that we have not had a major positive result,” said Sumner. We’ve worked really hard on this and for this day to come. Coming out of CAC and the sub regions like the Antilles, we are pleased. It is good because we are definitely looking forward to having another clean year in bodybuilding. It has been a big help now. What we have done prior to the Anti-Doping Commission was test during and after weigh-ins. Athletes were selected randomly. That was a good thing.”
The BBFF will host a series of seminars and clinics to raise awareness of doping in the sport.