Govt to adopt international anti-doping convention
The Union Cabinet will consider bringing Indian sportsperson under the purview of stringent World Anti-Doping Agency control standards, reports Chetan Chauhan.delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2007 23:10 IST
The Union Cabinet on Thursday will consider bringing Indian sportsperson, including those in domestic circuit, under the purview of stringent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) control standards.
The ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs want the government to ratify the International Convention against doping in sports, thereby introducing the WADA standards into the Indian sports arena.
The code will be applicable to all those sports in India, where the international sports organizations have adopted the WADA code.
Under the convention, India will have to constitute a national Anti-Doping agency to conduct frequent tests on sportsperson participating in different domestic events all over the country.
The Indian government with the help of sports organisations will be train coaches and sportsperson on anti-doping measures, in a bid to make sports a clean affair.
The convention also asks the signatory states to restrict availability of prohibited substances, unless they are required for therapeutic reasons.
The government will also have to introduce measures to restrict production of prohibited drugs for sportsperson and checking its transport and trafficking.
Coaches will have to maintain analytic records of the diet given to sportsperson in a bid to prevent any accidental doping.
With the adoption of the convention, India will join the league of 41 nations that follow the international standards against doping in sports.