Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has urged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to lift the suspension of National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) to conduct tests as per the World body’s guidelines.
The minister also assured WADA president Witold Banka that India has zero tolerance policy on drug abuse and is committed to clean sports.
The minister held an online meeting with Wada chief in which he told Banka about the readiness of the NDTL to conduct tests as per WADA guidelines.
“I have been informed that NDTL has submitted all the 47 corrective action reports to WADA as per timelines defined by WADA and also sent a compliance report on the 13 decision points conveyed by the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee.
With this, NDTL now stands fully compliant with all requirements of WADA and the International Standard of Laboratories. I would request you to expedite the process and organize to lift the suspension of NDTL’s WADA Accreditation.”
WADA accreditation of NDTL has been under suspension since August 20, 2019.
The Minister also invited the WADA team for an on-site visit of NDTL. “Once international travel is allowed, I would request a WADA team to visit NDTL and check if all upgradations are as per the satisfaction of WADA. If anything, else needs amendments, we will do so,”
Inviting the WADA President for an India visit, Sports Minister also offered support to WADA in terms of greater financial contribution as well as manpower resources.
“We are good at scientific research and I feel that the presence of Indian representatives in your various committees will be beneficial. On behalf of my government I would like to assure you that as a member nation, India is willing to extend all support,” he said
Rijiju also assured Banka that country has zero tolerance policy on drug abuse. “I have worked towards promoting Clean Sports and now as Sports Minister of India that commitment has only grown stronger.
“I am happy to inform you that Clean Sports is a focus area for my Ministry and we are committed to cooperate with WADA to ensure Clean Sports is achieved globally.”