Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Anti Doping Rules, 2010, of National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) are in place in India to regulate anti-doping activities of sportspersons in the country.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, he said, the regulations of NADA are in accordance with World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Code, 2009, which came into operation with effect from 1 January 2010.
The minister said the NDA Government and NADA are working towards “dope free” sports in the country in co-ordination with stakeholders to rid sports of this menace and create a clean and healthy environment for sports in India. The NADA is taking stringent measures against doping in sports by conducting dope tests during in-competition and out-of-competition on sportspersons. The government has repeatedly announced zero tolerance for violators of the anti doping regulations.
Sonowal said NADA had conducted outreach programmes at various centres and over 10,000 sportspersons, including supporting staff, attended these programmes. The technical officials of NADA are regularly visiting Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Centres and other places (wherever training camps are held) and educating the athletes on doping in sports and harmful side effects of the dope substances by conducting lectures/seminars/workshops etc on regular basis with the help of dope control hand books printed in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and Punjabi.
Sonowal said NADA had constituted a panel of experts comprising medical doctors, legal members and eminent sports-persons to advise on Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign. The expert group will formulate anti-doping education plan in line with the objectives of the campaign. The group will develop the education-cum-awareness materials for various stakeholders in sports. The experts will customise all relevant awareness materials developed by the WADA to meet Indian clientele and to develop education material through print and electronic media.
The minister said need-based awareness-cum-education materials would be prepared in association with national sports federations to help the competing athletes. In addition, the NADA has proposed to conduct 50 anti-doping awareness workshops/seminars for all stakeholders in current financial year. Out of these, 13 workshops are already conducted till date.
During International tournaments, results of dope tests conducted on sportspersons were managed by the international federations or tournament organising committees concerned, the Minister added.
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