Last update: August 03, 2022, 18:54 IST
Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill that seeks to provide a legal framework for the functioning of the National Anti-Doping Agency and the National Dope Testing Laboratory. The National Anti-Doping Bill 2022 was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha. It was approved by the Lok Sabha last week with some official amendments.
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur, responding to the debate on the bill, said that currently India can conduct only 6,000 tests a year, and this law will help increase the testing capacity significantly. He said the number of tests required to conduct any major international championship could be as high as 10,000 per month.
Thakur also said that with the passage of the bill, India will join a select group of countries like the US, China, Japan and France, which have their own rules on doping testing in sports. Several amendments submitted by the opposition were rejected. The bill aims to provide a legal framework for the operation of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and other dope testing laboratories, and to establish a National Anti-Doping Board. Sports to strengthen anti-doping activities in sports. It seeks to give NADA investigative powers, sanctions for anti-doping rule violations, disciplinary procedures to be adopted and inspection powers, collection and sharing of samples and free flow of information.
It also provides for establishment of NDTL and other dope testing laboratories.
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