World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has restored the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), which had been suspended since August 2019. With this, NDTL’s Anti-Doping testing and activities will be resumed with immediate effect. NDTL has also been collaborating with other WADA accredited laboratories for strengthening its research activities and anti-doping efforts.
India is currently third in the WADA’s global list of dope violators, led by Russia. The suspension of the NDTL had prohibited it from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analysis of urine and blood samples. The process had made the anti-doping programme very expensive for the country because of the significant cost involved in sending samples abroad.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- World Anti-Doping Agency Founder: Dick Pound;
- World Anti-Doping Agency Founded: 10 November 1999;
- World Anti-Doping Agency Headquarters: Montreal, Canada;
- World Anti-Doping Agency President: Craig Reedie.