Indian Anti-Doping Program receives boost after striking partnership with ASADA

July 5, 2016: ASADA, Indian NADA and WADA sign Memorandum of Understanding to improve Indian anti-doping efforts.

Today, the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA), Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signed a two–year memorandum of understanding aimed at bolstering India’s national anti-doping program.

A detailed project plan has been established between the three parties to ensure India implements a more effective anti-doping program that is fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). WADA’s role is to oversee the partnership, including the timeline set for the project, and to assist with the implementation of the work required.

“We look forward to sharing our expertise and experience with India as they strive to improve their anti-doping capacity,” said ASADA Chief Executive Officer, Ben McDevitt. “In the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, this partnership will be an important component to strengthening the anti-doping capabilities of Commonwealth nations,” he added.

The scope of the agreement includes the need for improvement of key aspects of the Indian NADA’s program, including testing and results management structures, more timely appeals processes, and a review of the agency’s structure to confirm that the current structures enable autonomous operational decision making.

“We are happy to have the Australian Anti-Doping Agency on board to assist us with strengthening our anti-doping program, as we look to further protect the rights of clean athletes,” said Indian NADA Director General, Navin Agarwal. “We fully recognise some of the shortcomings our program has had in the past, and that is why we will cooperate wholeheartedly with ASADA and WADA to ensure that we make the changes needed and, in doing so, give athletes full confidence in the Indian anti-doping system,” added Agarwal.

The ASADA – Indian NADA collaboration is part of a concerted drive by WADA to promote knowledge-exchange and enhance the quality of national anti-doping programs through its NADO Partnership Program. There have been nine other NADO-NADO partnerships struck in recent years, which include the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) assisting the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), and Anti-Doping Norway (ADN) and the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) supporting Kenya.

“As the independent, international Agency promoting doping-free sport, WADA is focussed on delivering high-quality, Code compliant anti-doping programs worldwide,” said WADA Deputy Director General, Rob Koehler. “We are pleased at the introduction of this partnership, whereby ASADA will provide expertise and support in crucial areas for the Indian NADA. A country as large as India, and with such fervour for sport, demands a strong anti-doping program; and that is what this partnership aims to deliver,” added Koehler. —- WADA

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