The sustained efforts at the hands of the agency led to only 70 violations being recorded this year, down from 77 in 2016
This should be one of the most optimistic news for the Indian sport as the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has reported a reduction in the doping violations in 2018 when compared to that of the preceding two years.
The note, that was circulated by NADA chief Navin Agarwal, highlighted the agency’s assiduous work during the calendar year. Furthermore, it also informed that over 4,000 tests were conducted during the year as compared to the 3,594 in 2017 and 3,363 in 2016.
Of the above, the incidence of doping has witnessed a reduction to 70 violations during 2018 from 73 in 2017 and 77 in 2016 .
NADA has claimed that the reduction was a result of some innovative measures that the agency had been undertaking in the recent months such as the Independent Observer Programme, Speak Up Mechanism, the all-India toll-free helpline, and Athlete Biological Passport Programme.
In addition to the above, there has been a marked improvement in the quality of dope control as well, with NADA successfully implementing the 44 corrective measures that World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suggested.
Agency also ran numerous anti-doping-cum-awareness programmes that were also included school and youth level athletes. Numerically speaking, NADA oversaw 84 such programmes, a significant rise from 64 in 2017 and 52 in 2016.
NADA was also involved in dope control at many major events such as the inaugural Khelo India Games, the Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games.
NADA tested a record 498 number of international-level Indians before the Asian Games (including 54 tested overseas), thus marking the largest ever testing programme carried out by the agency prior to an international event.
The agency, besides these, was triumphant in adopting an Anti-Doping Charter for Athletes Rights. It also successfully worked out of a draft anti-doping bill and streamlined the long-ignored Therapeutic Use Exemption procedure. This came in handy for over 14 athletes through the year as compared to a paltry two in last year.