The Parliament of India has today unanimously passed the National Anti-Doping Bill 2022. With this, India joins a select group of nations that have their own anti-doping law.
The new Bill constitutes the National Anti-Doping agency as a statutory body for regulating anti-doping activities in sports. It will ensure the highest standards of integrity while participating and preparing for sports competitions, domestically and internationally.
“Our govt is working on spreading greater awareness from the school level & up. It will increase education & research facilities related to anti-doping within the country.”, reads a tweet by Union Minister for I&B and Youth Affairs & Sports, GoI, Anurag Thakur, today evening.
He adds, “We have increased the capacity of NDTL which will fulfil PM Narendra Modi’s dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
He further adds, “The Bill will protect the rights of all sportspersons & ensure time-bound justice to athletes. It not only enhances cooperation among agencies in fighting doping in sports; but also reinforces India’s commitment to international obligations for clean sports.”
Now, the central government aims to establish more Dope Testing Labs across the nation; thereby creating job opportunities – directly & indirectly. It will establish India as a hub for dope testing in the sub-continent. It strengthens our institutional capacity to host major multilateral events.
It may be mentioned that, The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports functioned under the overall guidance of the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports during the year. In April, 2008, two separate Departments, namely, Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports, were created under the Ministry, each Department under the charge of a Secretary to the Government of India.