On July 3rd, NADA India (National Anti-Doping Agency, India) and SARADO (South Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The signing took place during the NADA India – SARADO Cooperation Meet in New Delhi.
The event was attended by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, as well as Ms. Sujata Chaturvedi, Secretary (Sports), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, along with representatives from SARADO member countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The MoU signifies the collaboration and cooperation between NADA India and SARADO, aimed at promoting anti-doping efforts in the South Asian region.
More About the NADA – SARADO MoU
The recently signed MoU between NADA India and SARADO aims to enhance regional cooperation in anti-doping efforts in sports. Over the next three years, the collaboration plans to achieve several objectives:
- Develop an anti-doping education and prevention program in South Asia.
- Train and enhance the skills of sample collection personnel, educators, and other anti-doping education officers.
- Organize courses, seminars, workshops, research, and exchange tours on anti-doping education and prevention.
- Facilitate the exchange of education officers, program managers, trainers, teachers, and specialists in anti-doping education and prevention.
- Support anti-doping education activities and exchange services with experts.
- Create anti-doping education literature.
During the inaugural session, the first Project Plan Meeting was conducted between NADA India and SARADO members. The primary focus was on developing an anti-doping education plan for the South Asian region. NADA India presented the project plan, areas of cooperation, implementation strategy, monitoring mechanisms, and its existing anti-doping education initiatives and resources. Additionally, the representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka also provided an overview of anti-doping efforts in their respective countries. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in the fight against doping in sports in the region.
India’s Efforts to Promote Clean Sports
India’s active participation and accomplishments in international sports, as well as its dedication to promoting clean sports and contributing to the global anti-doping movement, have been on the rise.
- India’s increasing involvement with organizations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its commitment to the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport highlights its strong intent to support and strengthen global anti-doping efforts.
- As the current holder of the G20 Presidency, India aims to represent the concerns and perspectives of the Asian region on a global platform.
- The emphasis is placed on the significance of regional partnerships that will enable the region to grow and thrive, particularly in the development of the sports sector and other areas of collaboration.
- India’s commitment to these initiatives showcases its determination to contribute to a fair and clean sporting environment worldwide.
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