Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launched a mobile app, Know Your Medicine, on Thursday, to help athletes check on prohibited substances in medicines and make knowledgeable choices.
Anurag Thakur launched the app during a conference on ‘Paving the Path for Clean Sport: A Dialogue with Stakeholders on Risk associated Use of nutritional supplements.’
“It is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to increase awareness about risks associated with the use of nutritional supplements. However, ultimately the athlete is responsible for what they consume and will have to face the consequences of any anti-doping rule violation.”
“The recent MoUs with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, and the National Forensic Sciences University will build the testing capacity of nutritional supplements in the country and promote research and capacity building in the field.”
The application is available for Android phone users in Hindi and English and is provided with user-friendly features including search by image and text options and search by medicine and ingredient options.
The app has been developed by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). With this initiative, India has joined a few selected nations in the world that provide such a tool to its athletes and sports ecosystem, as per a statement from the sports ministry.
Sports Authority of India DG Sandip Pradhan and Ritu Sain, DG & CEO of NADA India were also present during the event. Furthermore, Alexis Cooper, Director, of Education, Sports Integrity Australia, and Dr. Amy Eichner, Special Advisor, Drugs & Supplements, United States Anti-Doping Agency partook as international speakers.
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