The Government of India on 10 January 2014 set the new guidelines for National Sports Awards under which players and coaches accused of doping will not be considered for Arjuna and Dornacharya Awards.
These guidelines were issued by the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh for awarding Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand Awards.
These guidelines were issued after the nomination of the controversial athlete Ranjit Maheshwari for Arjuna Award in 2013. The award was not given to Ranjit following the old doping case against him of 2008. He was tested as positive for banned stimulant ephedrine at Kochi during the 48th Open National Athletes meet after he was suspended for three months by the Athletics Federation of India.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is the national organization responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control programme in sports in all its forms in the country. NADA works towards a vision of dope free sport in India. It came into being in India in 2009. These Anti Doping Rules of NADA came into force from 01 January 2010.
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