WADA Current Affairs - 2020

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.

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has slapped Russia with a four-year ban from international sports events, over longstanding doping scandal. The ban includes next summer’s Tokyo Olympics (which opens 24 July 2020) and 2022 Beijing Winter Games. However, Russia’s anti-doping agency can appeal decision to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days.

Highlights: WADA Ruling

The sanctions are harshest punishment yet for Russian state authorities who were accused of tampering with a Moscow laboratory database. WADA investigators and International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed that evidence showed Russian authorities corrupted data from Moscow lab that was long sealed by security forces. As a result, hundreds of potential doping cases were deleted and evidence falsely planted to shift blame onto whistleblowers.

The WADA ruling means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports. Although Russia’s athletes will still be able to compete in major events only if they can show that they are not implicated in positive doping tests or if their data was not manipulated.

For soccer’s 2022 World Cup, as per WADA ruling, the Russian team will play under its name in qualifying program in Europe. Bu, if it qualifies to play in Qatar, the team name must be changed to something neutral that likely would not include the word ‘Russia.’