NADA steps up activities to catch potential violations

At a time when the National Anti-Doping Agency needs to upgrade its investigating and intelligence gathering mechanism, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has extended a helping hand.

There is emphasis on the need for speedy disposal of violation cases as they have been lingering on for months and years due to various reasons.   -  AP

At a time when the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) needs to upgrade its investigating and intelligence gathering mechanism, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has extended a helping hand.

During a recent visit to the NADA office in Delhi, ASADA Legal Services Director Darren Mullaly shared valuable inputs as to how NADA could bolster its tracking dope cheats.

Mullaly, who was here as part of the NADA and ASADA collaboration, quoted examples from the Australian legislation on anti-doping including the ability to lawfully access information on phones and other devices to detect potential violations, gather evidence and discover who else might be involved in anti-doping violations.

Some case studies of anti-doping in Australia and India were discussed in an effort to sensitise the NADA officials and members with regard to desirable procedures and outcomes.

In continuing with its efforts to streamline the anti-doping structure and processes in the country and bring it at par with world standards, the NADA also held a review meeting with the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel members.

Since anti-doping rule violation cases have been lingering on for months and years due to various reasons, NADA Director General Navin Agarwal emphasised the need for speedy disposal of these cases in accordance with the Code. He also stressed the need to prepare a proper evidence matrix to be put up before the panel for proper adjudication.