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Utilizing options could lower doping penalties

Athletes throughout the world, and their support teams, are experiencing growing frustration as the anti-doping forces apply tighter scrutiny. While in many instances, the intent is definitely to get an edge against the competition through illegal doping, there is a high level of innocence that has to be acknowledged.
Unfortunately, innocence carries absolutely no weight at all, because it is the athlete who is ultimately, totally, responsible for what is digested and found in his or her system through testing. There is one option available to all athletes that could eliminate problems for those who wish to compete on fair terms, but have certain allergies and other medical difficulties.
Available to all athletes, is the respective Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) body in their country or region. Application should be officially made on behalf of the athlete and permission given to use the necessary drug. Once the TUE permission is granted, the journey through competition will not end in suspension or any other penalty.
A TUE permission would not be granted unless there is a certainty the drug is for medical reasons only and not to create an unfair competitive advantage. Sadly however, often inadvertently, this process is not utilized, thus causing embarrassment and great disappointment.
Let's take the case of Nicklas Backstrom. He plays for the Washington Capitols of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is a member of the Swedish national team. He tested positive for a banned substance that was being used, it is understood, purely to help with sinusitis. It has been reported that Backstrom has been using the drug Zyrtec-D which contains pseudoephedrine, for seven years.
Apparently, he had the approval of the Swedish national team doctor. The drug pseudoephedrine is prohibited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Backstrom was pulled from Sweden's line-up for the gold medal hockey game against Canada at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, over the weekend.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has not released the silver medal to Backstrom, pending a final ruling from the IOC. Had Backstrom applied to the TUE committee associated with the Swedish Anti-Doping Organization, Ren Idrott-Clean Sport, he would have been safe. That is an option, no doubt, he will utilize in the future.
His case is a prime example to all athletes who have certain ailments that need legitimate treatment. Athletes of The Bahamas, be mindful of the TUE option!

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at

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Question mark to planned grand opening of stadium

More than half of a year has gone by since Chinese officials turned over the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium to their Bahamian counterparts. Seven months and some days have indeed passed since the high profile June 2011 ceremony.In this space for almost a year leading up to the turnover event, the government had been urged to be aware of connecting infrastructure time lines necessary to accommodate the pace of the Chinese workers. Needless to say, the attitude still remained almost nonchalant. Definitely, no apparent urgency was attached to the situation.

It became continually embarrassing. The promises continued though. I(and many others)hoped at least for the kind of focus that would have resulted within about three months of the turnover, in the basic infrastructure being put in place. The Christmas holiday season came and left, and the infrastructure work continued to be painfully slow. There were more hopes when the Youth, Sports and Culture Ministry began early in the year to prepare for the "official opening" of the stadium.

A date was earmarked. That date changed. Then, there was the announcement that February 11 would be the date. As time went on in January and the closing days of the first month of the year drew near, it became obvious that nothing would happen on February 11.

Now, I understand the date has shifted yet again, to March 19, or somewhere around there. It would be laughable if the situation did not have so much significance and "future meaning" to the national sports program in particular and the country in general.

What is it? How is it that Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, with the help of his top level officers, can't get it right and present a realistic time line for the opening of the stadium to Cabinet?

The body of work stares right in the face, anyone observing the ongoing activities at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre where the national stadium is the anchor project. It had to be clear that work on inter-connecting roadways, the parking lot, the general landscaping, and the sewerage, remained off pace.

Yet the Youth, Sports and Culture Ministry gave the impression that everything was in order sufficiently for a"respectable"opening by the middle of this month. The government isn't looking good at all on this one. No matter how one tries to view the situation in a balanced way, it appears that the national stadium is yet another opening designed for political gain. That's the impression one could easily get.

There is also the question mark about the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will be necessary to come out of the pockets of taxpayers to cover the event. Is it worthwhile to push this event at this time?Is it really necessary?Should a huge amount of money be spent at this time?

Those are the questions the government will have to answer at some point. Without a doubt, this "national stadium opening" situation surely needs to be salvaged and cleaned up.

To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at

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Rooster's presents 'New Year's Under The Stars' featuring Jay Mitchel Little Joe Cartwright

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Roosters Sports Bar & Entertainment Center presents '

New Year's Under The Stars' - Featuring live performances by singing sensations;

Jay Mitchell and Little Joe Cartwright backed by the popular;

Trouble Band. We're serving Free champagne at midnight along with free beads, horns and party hats. D.J starts jamming from

7pm and jams until 4am in the morning, admission is just $20.00.

The management and of staff Roosters Sports Bar & Entertainment Center take this opportunity to thank the Grand Bahama community for its overwhelming support...

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Patriots in Super Bowl, beat Ravens 23-20

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady waited out the final tense minutes on the sideline and somehow his fourth-quarter leap into the end zone held up, sending the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl.

With New England leading by three points with 11 seconds left, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt and the Patriots escaped with a 23-20 win Sunday in the AFC championship game.

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Carifta: Bahamas 3rd in the points standings


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DAY three of competition netted a double digit total added to the medal haul for Team Bahamas as they maintained third place in the points standings.

With 31 medals, including eight gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze, and 457 points, the Bahamas remained in third place at the XXVI Carifta Swimming Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The team added 11 medals in Monday's dual sessions. However, results of Tuesday's final session were not available up to press time last night. Guadeloupe led the points standings with 561 and dominated the medal count as well with 42, including 10 gold, 17 silver and 15 bronze.

Trinidad a ...

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Caribbean sports bonanza week set for Barbados

The Government of Barbados through its Tourist Board is planning a big sports extravaganza week for this coming November.
Roosevelt King, the Barbados representative on the Commonwealth Boxing Council’s Board of Directors, had exciting news for his colleagues at a recent Interim Meeting in London. He informed that his country is poised to have a week of activities that will revolve around the annual general meeting of the Council.
If plans unfold as expected, Barbados will be the first Caribbean nation to host a Council AGM. The Bahamas, at its High Commission in London, hosted the 2009 Interim Meeting.
King disclosed that the Barbados Tourist Board has assigned a special consult ...

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Anglican Diocese's 150th celebrations to end with Solemn Evensong and Benediction

The Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands will conclude its year of celebrating 150 years as a Diocese on Sunday, February 5 with a special service at Christ Church Cathedral at 3 p.m. The service will be Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction.

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Trevor Barry sets new indoor personal best


Sports Reporter

A groundbreaking 2011 season for the Bahamas' leading jumper set the stage for what, according to his coach, will be an even greater series of performances in 2012.

Trevor Barry set a new indoor personal best with a leap of 2.29m for a second place finish on the first stop of the 8th Moravian High Jump Tour this weekend in Hustopece, Czech Republic.

Russian Aleksey Dmitrik took first place with a world-leading 2.35m jump.

Barry's head coach Keith Parker said he expects Barry to have the best performances of his career this year.

"We all know 2011 was great for Trevor as he really emerged internationally, but th ...

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BIFF Monthly Film Series to open with The Athlete, April 7th

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is
proud to once again host the

BIFF Monthly Film Series with First
Caribbean Bank International.

Starting: April 7th - November 3rd, 8:00pm - 9:30pm at Galleria Cinema JFK.

April 7th see

THE ATHLETE - Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot

Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon.

Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country

and to the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal

and, four years later in Tokyo, the first person in history to win

consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon...

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Pool Party Sunset Series

Sunday 9th September 2012  3:00 PM

Pool Party Sunset Series POSTPONED DUE TO TROPICAL STORM ISAAC WEATHER - Now September 9th Sunday September 9th 3pm-11pm Music by Hermanos aka Ramon + Carlos ( Special guest DJ Frank) Grill Station Welcome Drink For Boaters No Cover-Cash Bar Fire Show Water Sports Available Compass Point Beach Resort West Bay Street, Gambier~Nassau, Bahamas Tel: 242-327-4500 Hello friends of Compass Point! Compass Point is what we like to call the "happening place". Its adjacent to Love Beach, a quick drive to Cable Beach and walking distance to the legendary Compass Point Studios. Room interiors make use of washed woods and hand waxed batiks. Compass Point is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or an adventure. Its the perfect choice for guests who value simplicity, comfort, creativity and romance. Compass Point is a 1.5 acre celebration of bold imagination. Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki, who designed the Marlin, the Kent and Pink Sands, its 18 huts, two story cottages and cabanas glow with vivid Junkanoo colors.