A bill to establish a legal framework for the operation of the National Anti-Doping Agency and the National Dope Testing Laboratory was approved by parliament on Wednesday.
In the Rajya Sabha, the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2022, was approved by voice vote. The Lok Sabha approved it last week along with a few official amendments.
Anurag Thakur, the minister of sports and youth affairs, stated during the discussion of the bill that the law would help India significantly increase its testing capacity, which is currently only about 6,000 tests per year.
According to him, 10,000 tests could be needed each month to hold any significant international championship.
Thakur added that if this bill is passed, India will join a small group of nations, including the US, China, Japan, and France, that have their own laws in place to prevent doping in sports.
The opposition’s motion to reject several amendments was successful.
The National Board for Anti-Doping in Sports will be established in order to “strengthen anti-doping activities in sport” and to provide a “statutory framework for the operation of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), and other dope testing laboratories.”
It aims to grant the NADA the authority to “investigate, levy sanctions for anti-doping rule violations, the disciplinary procedures to be adopted, and the powers of inspection, sample collection and sharing, and free flow of information.”
Additionally, it enables the NDTL and other drug testing facilities to be established.