The Indian Olympic Association on 23 August 2019 lashed out at the National Anti-Doping Agency for the suspension of the country’s only WADA-accredited laboratory, saying NADA’s “mistakes” have jeopardised the anti-doping programme in New Delhi. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the National Dope Testing Laboratory in Delhi for six months “due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).” The NADA can appeal the suspension in the next 21 days.
- The NADA can still carry on with sample collection (blood and urine) but will have to get them tested by a WADA-accredited laboratory outside India. NDTL had got WADA accreditation back in 2008.
- The WADA said the suspension came after it’s Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) initiated disciplinary proceedings with regards to status of WADA-accredited laboratories across the globe.
- The IOA chief said a negligent NADA sat on the issue for a long time despite repeated reminders from WADA. This issue has been going on internally for the last one year.
- The WADA has been pointing drawbacks in the NDTL’s testing methods but the NADA has failed to manage its affairs.
- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is a foundation initiated by the International Olympic Committee based in Canada to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.
- The agency's key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code, whose provisions are enforced by the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport.
- The aims of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention and the United States Anti-Doping Agency are also closely aligned with those of WADA.
- The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation created through a collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
- It was set up on 10 November 1999 in Lausanne, Switzerland, as a result of what was called the "Declaration of Lausanne" to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.
- Since 2002, the organization's headquarters have been located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.