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.
 
 
What
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. The WADA has been pointing drawbacks in the NDTL’s testing methods but the NADA has failed to manage its affairs.
Flashback
  1. 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
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation created through a collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 
  5. 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. 
  6. Since 2002, the organization's headquarters have been located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
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