National Games 2015: Strict Measures To Prevent Doping
On Feb 12, 2015
|Trivandrum: Doping is a major talking point especially during such games. These days a big event hardly goes without any doping issue.
The 35th National Games is taking no such chances. “The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) will be in charge of conducting the tests. 28 officials from NADA will be here. Since, the activities of NADA are kept confidential; even we are not informed. Forty Dope Control Officers (DCO) for Dope control testing will also be assisting the NADA officials,” said Arun Kumar.S, JEC, Anti Doping Committee while talking to Yentha. while talking to Yentha.
Athletics, swimming, weightlifting and cycling will be closely watched. The total budget is about Rs.64 lakhs for doping control activities including all expenses for doping control officers, training, travel and accommodation.
“A team of Medical experts from NADA trained the DCOs on Dope control measures. NADA has provided an Anti-doping station at each venue in the Games. They have also provided proper toilets at every station for taking the samples. The committee also makes sure that even the medicine used during the Games does not contain any prohibited ingredients listed in anti-doping documents. A team of medical volunteers is also assisting the doctors to monitor anti-doping activities. NADA will collect blood samples from venues itself and will do instant analysis. The samples will be sent to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), Delhi and the results are expected to be returned within 10 days,” added Arun.
Let's hope we have a dope-free Games this time around!