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DA launches programme to control doping among Indian athletes

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 April 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, April 29: The sports ministry on Friday announced that the tiol Anti-Doping Agency (DA) has launched an outreach programme to make Indian athletes aware about the pitfalls of taking substances which are prohibited by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The move comes on the heels of a WADA report released on Thursday that placed Indian athletes among the top three in the world as far as doping violations are concerned. But the sports ministry is confident that the issue will be effectively dealt with in the near future.

"With increasing awareness among sportspersons regarding these matters number of such cases are likely to go down. DA deals with matters relating to awareness of doping in sports including dissemition of information, educating the sportspersons, coaches and support personnel on the ill effects of doping through teaching sessions/semirs/workshops and organising dope tests on athletes both in-competition and out-of-competition," the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"DA has launched the 'Program for Education and Awareness on Anti-Doping in Sports' (PEADS) since October 2014 with an objective to deal with the fight against doping across the country. The programme has been conducted at various places across the country during sport events/training sessions conducted by tiol Sports Federations (NSF), Association of all Intra Universities, SAI centres, SAI training centres, School Games Federation and Services Sports Control Boards," the statement added.

The ministry also informed that the government will establish outreach centres across the country in order to increase awareness among athletes.

"Further, to broaden the outreach program, Government of India has decided to establish five regiol outreach centers to increase the anti-doping education and awareness at all levels of sports in the country. Under this initiative, a total number of 64 such educatiol program/anti-doping workshops were conducted along with stakeholders in association with sports organisations, state sports authorities and physical Education Departments/Colleges/Universities etc," the statement said.

"In addition, the anti-doping brochures/information has been got translated and printed by DA in 14 different languages viz. Hindi, English, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kanda, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Kashmiri and Manipuri languages to ensure the best communication of anti-doping amongst the athlete groups belonging to various parts of India." IANS

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