NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday urged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to suspend the National Doping Testing Laboratory (NDTL) as it has taken “corrective measures” as suggested by the global body.
Addressing a webinar on ‘anti-doping, nutritional and therapeutic need in sports’, Rijiju requested Wada chief Witold Banga, who attended the virtual conference, to allow NDTL, which was suspended until January next year, to resume dope analysis. .
“NDTL has taken various corrective actions as suggested by WADA and we hope to resume dope analysis under the WADA guidelines,” Rijiju said.
“I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Kovid-19 pandemic and your team’s India visit,” Wada told the chief.
The Sports Minister appealed to Banca to include Indians in various committees and boards of the Wada Board.

“I urge you to consider the proper representation of Indians in WADA committees and boards to enable our scientists to share our sports science, methodology and anti-doping expertise.
“India stands for Integrity in Fair and Swatch Sports and Sports. We are ready to contribute to WADA, NADOS (National Anti-Doping Organizations) and Rados (Regional Anti-Doping Organizations) in strengthening anti-doping activities.”
In July, Wada extended the suspension of NDTL for six months. World Anti-Doping Watchdog suspended NDTL’s accreditation for six months in August.
Laboratory simulations for the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) identified during the WADA site visit, including its isotope ratio mass spectrometry – an analytical technique of choice for the visualization of banned substances.
The NDTL prohibits any anti-doping activities, including all analyzes of urine and blood samples.
Currently, urine samples collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency are being sent primarily to Doha’s Wada-accredited lab.
Speaking before Rijiju, the Wada chief did not mention anything related to India or the NDTL suspension.
He spoke about the status of the worldwide dope sample collection during this difficult time due to the Kovid-19 epidemic and governance reforms.
“Kovid-19 has had a tremendous impact on global anti-doping activities.
“Dope testing has seen a steady rise globally since April. By October, 21000 samples were collected worldwide, up 80 per cent from a year ago.
He urged that national anti-doping agencies, including NADA, be prepared to meet the World Anti-Doping Code of 2021 and international standards, effective January 1, 2021.
Banca said the Wada administration is in the process of reform, which seeks to increase the representation of athletes and national anti-doping organizations.

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