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2019 Durand Cup: Gokulam Kerala FC beats Mohun Bagan

Gokulam Kerala FC won Durand Cup 2019 football tournament by beating Mohun Bagan in final held at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Gokulam Kerala FC beat Mohun Bagan with 2-1 as captain Marcus Joseph scored a goal in each half to lead his side to Durand Cup glory. This was Gokulam Kerala FC’s debut season.

Key Highlights

With this win the Gokulam Kerala FC becomes 2nd club from Kerala to win the crown after 22 years. In 1997, the I.M. Vijayan-led FC Kochin was 1st kerela club to claim title.

Marcus Joseph scored his 10th and 11th goal of tournament to help Gokulam Kerala FC win.

2019 Durand Cup’s Award-

Golden Ball & Golden Boot awards won by Gokulam Kerala FC forward Marcus Joseph.

Golden Glove: Gokulam Kerala FC’s goalkeeper CK Ubaid

About Durand Cup

Durand Cup or Durand Football Tournament is a football competition in India. It was founded in 1888 (131 years ago).

It is Asia’s oldest football tournament and 3rd oldest football tournament in world.

It is co-hosted by Durand Football Tournament Society (DFTS) and Osians.

Durand Cup 2019 was 129th edition of Durand Cup.

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WADA suspends accreditation of India’s National Dope Testing Laboratory for 6 months

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended accreditation of National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for six months. This suspension was imposed due to non-conformities with International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) by NDTL as identified during WADA site visit.

Reasons for Suspension

WADA had given repeated warnings to NDTL to upgrade its testing methods. Since 2011, lot of positive doping reports were reported out of NDTL in cases where Indian athletes were actually tested negative earlier by it. With rising trust issues, WADA had warned NDTL to improve its testing methods and types of equipment in September 2018.

But NDTL subsequently failed to meet standards, forcing WADA to recommend its suspension following its visit to the lab in May 2019. One of the key areas of concern for WADA was the ‘Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry’, which differentiates the presence of a natural and synthetic substance in the body.

Impact of Suspension

This suspension (effective from 20 August 2019) prohibits NDTL from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples Despite six-month suspension, NADA can still carry on sample collection but tests will have to be conducted at WADA-accredited labs outside India during this period. Moreover, samples collected previously by NDTL will have to be moved safely to an accredited lab.

About World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

It is global Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that aims at harmonizing anti-doping regulations in all sports and countries. It is collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee.

It was established in 1999 in Lausanne Switzerland under so called Declaration of Lausanne. Its headquarters is in Montreal, Canada.

It is mandated to coordinate, promote and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.

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