Recently, the National Anti-Doping Agency, India (NADA India) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SARADO) in New Delhi.
About South Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SARADO):
- It was formed on 16th May 2007 in the South Asian Anti-Doping Program Project Development Meeting held in Maldives.
- Member countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
- Mission: To promote and co-ordinate the fight against doping in sport in all its forms in among South Asia RADO member countries.
What are the objectives of the recent MoU?
- The MoU, through the project plan and areas of cooperation, aims to fulfil the following objectives over a period of three years:
- Developing an anti-doping education & prevention program in South Asia;
- Training & upskilling sample collection personnel, educators & other anti-doping education officers;
- Organizing courses, seminars, workshops, research & exchange tours on anti-doping education & prevention;
- Facilitating exchange of education officers, program managers, trainers, teachers and specialists on anti-doping education & prevention.
- Supporting anti-doping education activities and exchanging services of experts.
Key Facts about NADA
- It was established by the Government of India, with the objective of acting as the independent Anti-Doping Organization for India having a vision of dope-free sports.
- It was set up as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 on November 2005.
- The primary functions of NADA are as under:
- To implement the Anti-Doping Code to achieve compliance by all sports organizations in the Country.
- To coordinate dope testing program through all participating stakeholders.
- To promote anti-doping research and education to inculcate the value of dope free sports.
- To adopt best practice standards and quality systems to enable effective implementation and continual improvement of the program.
Q1) What is doping?
Doping refers to the use of prohibited substances or methods by athletes to enhance their performance in sports competitions. It is considered cheating and is against the rules and spirit of fair play in sports.