The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has put the onus on the nationwide sports federations to implement the no-needle coverage. In a gathering on Wednesday, NADA determined to ask respective federations to arrange a committee that will monitor the usage of needles amongst athletes.
The coverage, applied strictly on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, permits solely these athletes with Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to make use of needles and that too below the supervision of a certified medical practitioner.
Race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu have been requested to return house from CWG at Gold Coast after needles have been discovered from their rooms on the Games Village. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) too has a ‘draft’ no-needle coverage in line with which a second violation by an athlete can lead to a life ban.
Speaking to The Indian Express NADA DG Navin Agarwal stated, “NADA believes that the no-needle policy will help in the fight against doping. We have told the national sports federations to implement the policy. So far only one or two federations have begun looking at the no-needle policy. We want all federations to implement the policy as soon as possible.”
Mandatory anti-doping workshop for athletes
He went onto add that it was necessary for the athlete collaborating in national-level competitors to attend anti-doping consciousness programmes performed by NADA. In case there are a variety of athletes who haven’t attended such a programme, NADA will conduct one simply earlier than the meet, if the federation informs them prematurely. Last 12 months NADA performed 80 anti-doping consciousness workshops within the nation. “NADA has informed federations that all participants at national-level meets should have attended at least one anti-doping awareness workshop. This will ensure that all athletes are aware of the ills of doping over a period of time. We are willing to conduct a workshop at a short notice before a national-level sports meet if it is needed,” Agarwal added.