On February 10, 2004, The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) accepted the World Anti-Doping Code (the "Code"). In 2011, the Trinidad and Tobago Anti-Doping Organization (TTADO) will be created by Act of Parliament under the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago. TTADO will become the established Anti-Doping Organization in Trinidad and Tobago and will take over that function from its National Olympic Committee, the TTOC. These Anti-Doping Rules are adopted and implemented in conformance with TTOC's responsibilities under the Code, and are in furtherance of TTOC's commitment to eradicating doping in Trinidad and Tobago.
Anti-Doping Rules, like Competition rules, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel, and other Persons accept these rules as a condition of participation and shall be bound by them. These sport-specific rules and procedures, aimed at enforcing anti-doping principles in a global and harmonised manner, are distinct in nature and, therefore, not intended to be subject to, or limited by any national requirements and legal standards applicable to criminal proceedings or employment matters. When reviewing the facts and the law of a given case, all courts, arbitral tribunals and other adjudicating bodies should be aware of and respect the distinct nature of the anti-doping rules in the Code and the fact that these rules represent the consensus of a broad spectrum of stakeholders around the world with an interest in fair sport.
Fundamental Rationale for the Code
Anti-doping programmes seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as "the spirit of sport"; it is the essence of Olympism; it is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is characterised by the following values:
- Ethics, fair play and honesty
- Excellence in performance
- Character and education
- Fun and joy
- Dedication and commitment
- Respect for rules and laws
- Respect for self and other Participants
- Community and solidarity
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.