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National Anti-Doping Agency appoints Actor Suniel Shetty as its brand ambassador

National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), India’s anti-doping body has selected Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty has been selected as its brand ambassador. NADA hopes that his celebrity status would help its efforts to clean up sports in the country from the menace.

NADA’s Concern

Earlier this year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had suspended NADA. This is another issue facing the country now that dope samples collected by NADA from the athletes will have to be tested outside India. Another raised concerns is about whether India would be able to test enough number of athletes in the coming months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

About National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)

It is formed by Government of India under societies Registration Act. It includes scientists and representatives from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). It is the national organisation responsible for monitoring, promoting and coordinating, doping control program in sports in all its forms in India. NADA deals with adopting and implementing anti-doping rules and policies which conform with World Anti-Doping Agency. It also promotes anti-doping research and education as well as cooperates with other anti-doping organisations besides WADA.

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Govt. constitutes committee for reviewing draft of National Code for Good Governance in Sports

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) has constituted a 13-member expert committee to review the Draft National Code for Good Governance in Sports, 2017.

Key Highlights

Members: The committee will be chaired by Retired SC Justice Mukundakam Sharma and member includes former Indian football team captain Baichung Bhutia, Pullela Gopichand, Anju Bobby George, Olympic medalist Gagan Narang, among others. Moreover, Joint Secretary of Sports will act as coordinator in committee.

Expert Committee: Terms of Reference

The committee will be required to suggest measures for making Draft National Code for Good Governance in Sports, 2017 acceptable to all stakeholders so that a balance is struck between autonomy of National Sports Federations (NSF).

Committee’s recommendations are needed for accountability and transparency and would also help bring government as well as all stakeholders on the same page as far as code is concerned.

Committee will also examine comments received from Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and others on draft of National Code for Good Governance in Sports, 2017 and will be required to review draft of national code with present code.

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