National Anti Doping Agency (NADA): Objectives and impacts on Indian Cricketers
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is the national organisation responsible for controlling an monitoring the use of dopes in the all sports in India.
NADA deals with adoption and implementation of anti-doping rules and policies as per the rules made by the World Anti-Doping agency (WADA). NADA includes representatives and scientists from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
Primary Functions of NADA
National Anti Doping Agency is committed to make Indian sports totally dope free and to promote education & research and create awareness among sports persons.
The Primary objectives of NADA are;
1. To implement the Anti Doping rules made by the WADA and to achieve compliance by all sports organizations in the country.
2. To promote dope free sports culture in India.
3. To promote education, research and awareness on banned drugs in India.
BCCI the governing body of Indian cricket agreed to come under the ambit of NADA. Now the Indian cricketers will have to go for dope test conducted by the NADA. Before giving nod the BCCI had hired a Sweden’s International Dope Testing Management (ITDM) to collect samples and submit them to the NADA.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was also pressuring the BCCI to fall in line but the BCCI was refusing to do so from last 20 years.
Why BCCI used to refuse to fall under the NADA?
BCCI argued for a long time that it is not a national federation that is why it is obliged to fall under the NADA. Another argument put by the BCCI that NADA is not that much competent in its operations that it can detect the actual drug abuse in the Indian cricketers. BCCI mainly had three issues;
1. Quality of dope taking kits
2. Competence of pathologists
3. Sample collection procedure
What will change for Indian cricketers?
It means the all cricketers will now be tested by the NADA like other sports persons. NADA officials will collect the dope samples which would be tested in the New Delhi based library.
Worth to mention that NADA will also have the power to take disciplinary action against any player found positive.
Now the players must make themselves available for the drug test for one hour a day between 6AM to 11 PM and provide information where they will be present for test in 90 days in advance. Failure to appear for the test on the specified time thrice within a year period will be treated as doping offence which may lead to suspension for a period up to 4 years.
Although the doping test can be conducted without the notice to the players which is very strong process of deterrence and detection of doping.
So it can be expected that after the acceptance of the NADA guidelines the possibility of any player taking performance enhancing drugs will be minimum and the culture of drug free sports will boost up Indian cricket in the coming years.