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Play Fair: NADA’s Anti-Doping Mission to Ensure Clean Sports

The National Anti-Doping Agency of India (NADA) serves as the country’s primary organization tasked with promoting, coordinating, and overseeing the doping control program across all sports. Its responsibilities include the adoption and implementation of anti-doping rules and policies in alignment with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Furthermore, NADA collaborates with other anti-doping entities, supports anti-doping research and education initiatives.

Adhering to the WADA Code, NADA India effectively enforces the National Anti-Doping Rules (NADR) for 2021. These rules, integral to NADA’s ongoing commitment to eliminating doping in Indian sports, aim to uphold the essence of sportsmanship, foster fair play, and ensure adherence to the highest ethical standards.

India, as a signatory to the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport, aspires to be a global leader in this field. NADA India actively aligns its efforts with this vision, contributing significantly to global anti-doping endeavors. Furthermore, the organization continually strives to enhance cooperation, share knowledge, and facilitate communication on an international scale.

In an insightful discussion with The Interview World, Ashish Bhargava, Director General of NADA, provides a closer look at the organization’s role in preserving the spirit of sports and ensuring the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Q: How important is the doping issue in the sports arena?

A: The significance of sports extends beyond the game itself. In addition to this, anti-doping measures are indispensable for the integrity of sports. Nevertheless, a commitment to clean sports is crucial for the future. As India excels on various fronts in international sports events, progress should be synonymous with clean sports. Moreover, maintaining integrity to attain the highest standards in sports is essential. Our dedication lies in creating awareness among our athletes while fostering enthusiasm for avoiding doping in any form. Essentially, we adopt an educational approach through awareness campaigns.

Q: What steps NADA is taking to make the sports cleaner?

A: Promoting education and awareness stands as a crucial factor. Furthermore, this involves testing, guiding, and providing clear instructions to athletes about dos and don’ts. It also entails ensuring they are well informed about their rights and responsibilities.

Q: What are the scientific approaches to anti-doping?

A: We consistently conduct tests and employ technology to educate individuals about the potential risks associated with anti-doping measures.

Q: What specific substances constitute anti-doping rule violations that athletes should strictly avoid to maintain fair play and integrity in sports?

A: Embark on your sporting journey with caution, avoiding these 11 potential pitfalls. First, steer clear of having prohibited substances or metabolites in your sample. Second, stay away from using or attempting to use prohibited substances or methods. Third, don’t evade, refuse, or fail to submit to sample collection. Fourth, be vigilant about whereabouts failures, which involve any combination of three missed tests and/or filing failures within 12 months in a registered testing pool.

As athletes, athlete support personnel, and others involved, it’s crucial to refrain from tampering with samples, possessing prohibited substances, trafficking them, or administering them. Additionally, avoid complicity in any form of doping, stay clear of prohibited associations, and never engage in retaliation against those involved in anti-doping efforts. Therefore, these guidelines are essential to preserving the integrity of sports and ensuring fair competition for all athletes.

Ethics in Sports - NADA's Role in Steering Anti-Doping Initiatives
Ethics in Sports – NADA’s Role in Steering Anti-Doping Initiatives
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