Johnson dismisses ‘scurrilous’ comments in doping documentary
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson yesterday dismissed the “scurrilous comments” made against The Bahamas in an Al Jazeera documentary on doping in sports.
“In the world of sports, the playing field has to be level at all times,” Johnson said when asked to comment.
“We know The Bahamas has a great reputation, so there is nothing to those scurrilous comments.
“At the end of every major event, everyone’s tested. We’ve always passed our tests with flying colors and that’s the end of it.
“That’s the test of sports, it happens there and then. If there are any queries people will know about it right away.
“We’ve never been caught up in any kind of scandal.”
The documentary, which was released over the weekend, featured British hurdler Liam Collins who traveled, among other places, to The Bahamas.
In his search for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), Collins reportedly met with two Bahamian physicians. One told Collins that he “doesn’t do the banned stuff anymore” and referred him to another doctor.
The other doctor, who claimed he could get the drugs, said that three of the Golden Girls were patients of his, but he said he only provided them with traditional medications.
Al Jazeera said that one of the doctors later told them that he lied to Collins and the other denied supplying banned drugs to athletes.
Former Minister of Sports Neville Wisdom said yesterday that the doctors have brought the country’s athletics program into question and must publicly address the matter.
Golden Girl Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie said she has “never taken drugs, is drug free and will retire being drug free”.
The Golden Girls struck gold in the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain, and again one year later, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.