The National Anti-Doping Agency today adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency's code just a day before the World Anti-Doping Agency is expected to give accreditation to the Indian laboratory at its meeting in Montreal, Canada.
As per the WADA rules, a national agency must give a go-ahead to its code to be applicable in a territory before the accreditation is given.
"Newly constituted Governing Body of the NADA today met under the Chairmanship of Sports Minister M S Gill and approved the WADA Code for its application in India," the Sports Ministry said in a statement today.
Once accreditation is given, it is imperative to have an anti-disciplinary panel, anti-doping appeal panel and therapeutic use exemption committee, which would be authorised to decide on the further course of action in the doping matter instead of the national federations, according to the WADA rules.
"It also approved Anti-Doping Rules of NADA which are expected to come into force from October 1, this year," the statement said.
These Rules will lay down all procedures and rules for sample collection, testing, sanction to be imposed and rights/ responsibilities of athletes and supporting personnel.
"Under these Rules, Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel will also be set up under Amicus Juris, which will hear cases of athletes who have been tested positive and impose the sanction on their athletes as per rules.
"Similarly, Anti Doping Appeal Panel will also be set up under an eminent jurist who will hear appeals against the decisions of the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel", the statement said.
"In addition to above, Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee comprising of specialist medical professionals will be constituted which will grant exemptions to athletes who are under medication in genuine ailments," it said.
The Governing Body has also approved the finance bye-laws and Service and Recruitment Rules of NADA so that it can become fully operational soon.
The Governing Body also approved the empanelment of Doping Control officers and chaperons to be posted all over the country, who will after the selection, be trained for sample analysis and thereafter they will conduct tests of the athletes on the directions of NADA.