Lok Sabha passes National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021

Lok Sabha on Wednesday (27 July 2022) passed the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021 by voice vote. The bill seeks to provide a statutory framework for the functioning of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the National Dope Testing Laboratory in sports.

Its functions include planning, implementing, and monitoring anti-doping activities as well as investigating anti-doping rule violations.

It also seeks to give effect to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation International Convention against doping in sports and compliance of such other obligations and commitments.

The legislation prohibits athletes, athlete support personnel, and other persons from engaging in doping in sports.

Under the new legislation, violation of anti-doping rules may result in disqualification of results including forfeiture of medals

points, and prizes, ineligibility to participate in a competition or event for a prescribed period, and financial sanctions.

The Bill also proposes to establish the National Board for Anti-Doping in Sports with a view to make recommendations to the government on anti-doping regulations and compliance with international commitments on anti-doping. The board will oversee the activities of NADA and issue directions to it.

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