National Anti-Doping Agency Current Affairs - 2020

‘NADA INDIA’ Mobile Application launched to help athletes Stay Updated about Prohibited Substances

On 30th June 2020, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has launched its mobile application ‘NADA INDIA’ for creating a bridge with the athletes under which information on prohibited substances would be provided easily. The mobile application was launched by the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju.

Through this initiative, NADA has taken an important step towards creating a clean and dope free sports. The mobile application was released on platforms such as Google Play Store on 12th January 2020, however, the official launch of the application was delayed due to certain reasons from time to time.

Benefits of the Mobile Application

  • Information on medicines that are commonly prescribed and used by Athletes will be available in the application
  • Information on Inadvertent use of prohibited substances that may affect the career of athletes
  • Registered Testing Pool (RTP) athletes under NADA can update their whereabouts, this will ensure a smoother and quicker process for conducting tests as per availability of Dope Control Officers
  •  This will make athletes self-dependent for information on which medication or substance is to be used or not

National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)

NADA is headquartered in New Delhi, founded on 24th November 2005 for monitoring and promoting doping control programs in all forms of sports in India. NADA is also responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of anti-doping policies in all forms of sports in India.

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.