The sports minister may have announced grand measures to get rid of doping, but nothing is being done to check the menace at the junior and sub-junior level, says Dr Ashok Ahuja, former head of the department of sports medicine and sciences, National Institute of Sports, Patiala.
"What is NADA doing at junior national level events where grassroots sportspersons are getting addicted to these banned substances? Why is every national event not being covered? What's happening in the intervarsity tournaments? You see toilets full of syringes and empty vials of banned substances," Ahuja told HT.
He also said that many Dope Control Officers (DCOs) lack credibility. "DCOS with high credibility are required and not those who can be bought and thus help in swapping and manipulating samples. One DCO who was suspended by SAI has been absorbed in NADA. Where is the National Registered Testing pool of NADA? Why it has not been brought in place?" he asked.
He also lamented the non-existence of accreditation cards for athletes. "How can a DCO identify the athlete? He takes the sample of a person who presents himself in front of him. He has no means to verify him."