• The San Juan Daily Star

New island anti-doping czar named

With David Bahamundi as its new president and three new deputy members, the Puerto Rico Anti-Doping Organization is fully formed.

By John McPhaul

Recreation and Sports (DRD) Secretary Ray Quiñones Vázquez announced on Wednesday that he appointed David Bahamundi as the new president of the Puerto Rico Anti-Doping Organization (PRADO).

“At DRD, we are grateful that high-caliber professionals are making themselves available to work ad honorem for a purpose that concerns all of us who promote the sport so much,” Quiñones Vázquez said in a written statement. “We are focused on identifying new funds to support their work and for Puerto Rico to comply with all the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

Bahamundi is a faculty member of the Athletic Therapy bachelor’s degree program at the University of Puerto Rico Ponce Campus.

He also chairs the Health and Safety Commission of the Inter-University Athletic League (LAI by its Spanish initials) and is a member of the 2015 class of the executive master’s degree in sports organization management. Since 2002, he has been part of the medical support group for Puerto Rico sports delegations and is an active member of the Puerto Rican Federation of Sports Medicine.

The DRD secretary also announced the appointment of three new deputy members of the organization responsible for conducting doping tests on local high-performance athletes.

The working group is joined by Ana Cintrón, a physiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in medicine and the Olympics movement. She currently serves as secretary general of the Pan American Confederation of Sports Medicine and is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine.

Cintrón was also president of the Puerto Rican Federation of Sports Medicine, former coordinator and organizer of medical services for the LAI and for the 2010 Mayagüez Central American Games, respectively, among many other experiences in organized sports in Puerto Rico.

This team is also joined by Raúl Santiago, who has experience with doping administrative boards and arrives with great interest to participate in this new stage of PRADO, he said. Santiago joins Andrés Santos, an expert on the subject. Both must ensure compliance with doping control in sport.

With Bahamundi as president, PRADO is fully formed, with Enrique Amy serving as honorary president and adviser, Teresa Galarza as administrator and secretary, and Santos, Santiago and Cintrón as deputy members.

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