Sporting bodies plan to step up anti-doping measures

In the aftermath of the positive doping test of powerlifter Gumendra Shewdas, several sporting bodies say that they intend to step up their anti-doping measures as well as educate their athletes of the banned substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list.

The Guyana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) is among them.

During a sit down with Stabroek Sport yesterday, president of the GABBFF, Attorney-at-law, Keavon Bess, noted that his federation will be hosting a general meeting on January 25 at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) building to discuss upcoming events and the hot topic of performance enhancement drugs.

According the Bess:“At the general meeting, the topic of performance enhancement drugs will be discussed in detail especially since we are seeing the issues being faced by the powerlifting federation.

The general meeting will also inform athletes about upcoming competitions and events.

On the topic of banned substances, Bess said his federation will look to flex its muscle by ensuring “our athletes are tested before they attend CAC or any other international competitions.”

He added: “Our federation will try its best not to contribute negatively towards Guyana regarding the use of banned stimulants.

“The tests are very expensive and I was reminded of this reality when I last spoke with president of the GOA (K. Juman Yassin) on Wednesday.

“However, we will spare no effort or resources to ensure that we take clean athletes overseas, moreover we will try our best not to have our athletes taint the Golden Arrowhead.”

During the sit down, Bess also disclosed the dates for the AGM and listed the calendar events scheduled for 2014.

The AGM will be held on January 18 from 13:00hrs at the GOA building.

There will not be voting for posts on the executive since members of the federation voted for the constitution to be amended to reflect a two-year term in office (2013-2015).

“The elections will be next year but the AGM must still take place to inform the general public about what occurred in the sport last year and going forward,” said Bess.

 

The calendar events for 2014 are as follows:

Date and Venue to be announced at AGM

a. General meeting with

athletes

b. General meeting with

coaches and trainer

c. General meeting with

Judges

d. Workshops/fitness talks

e. Outreach program

f. Fundraisers

g. Novices competition

h. Seniors competition

i. HRC

j. Muscle Explosion

k. CAC competition

l. Darcy Beckles    Competition

m. Outreach programs to Schools

 

Latest in Sports

default placeholder

Iceland stun England as Euro dream continues

NICE, France, (Reuters) – Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history when they stunned abject England 2-1 on Monday, leading Roy Hodgson to quit and sending the tiny nation into a quarter-final against hosts France.

Messi's penalty was hit high over the bar after Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal had missed for Chile (Reuters photo)

Messi retires from internationals after Chile retain Copa

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey,  (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blasted a penalty over the bar in what looks like being his last act in international football as Chile beat Argentina in a shootout to win the Copa America for the second year in a row yesterday.

The Australian team celebrate their Tri Series tournament triumph over the West Indies following yesterday’s final. (Cricinfo)

Marsh, Wade lift Australia to title

Having taken Australia into the triangular series final with the bat, Mitchell Marsh ensured a tournament-winning victory over the West Indies by delivering with the ball.

Geron Williams pops a bottle of champagne on the podium with second place finisher, Raynauth Jeffrey (right) and Stephano Husbands both of Team Coco’s. (Orlando Charles)

Geron Williams captures second national road race champion title

Geron Williams is once again the national road race champion. Yesterday, the US-based wheelsman denied Raynauth Jeffrey a second senior road race title while claiming his second one in three years as he out sprinted the Team Coco’s standout at the end of an aggressive day of racing around the outer circuit of the National Park.

default placeholder

Hazard inspires Belgium to 4-0 defeat of Hungary

TOULOUSE, France, (Reuters) – Belgium captain Eden Hazard produced an inspired performance, including a fine solo goal, to lead his side to a resounding 4-0 victory over Hungary at Euro 2016 yesterday and set up a quarter-final clash with Wales.

default placeholder

Djokovic focused on Wimbledon defence but sees bigger picture

LONDON, (Reuters) – On court Novak Djokovic is taking tennis to extraordinary new levels with his single-minded obsession with winning; off it the Serbian is more than happy to share power.

default placeholder

“Pressure? What pressure?,” asks Williams at Wimbledon

LONDON, (Reuters) – Serena Williams gave little away yesterday as she assessed her chances of retaining her Wimbledon title — and dismissed suggestions that she is under any pressure.

default placeholder

England v Sri Lanka third ODI abandoned due to rain

(Reuters) – Rain forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka yesterday with the hosts’ hopes of taking a 2-0 lead thwarted just four overs into their run chase at Bristol.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: