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Doping in Sports



Source: TH

Context: India maintains its unfortunate status as one of the top countries for doping cases, with 3.2% of samples testing positive according to WADA’s 2022 statistics.

India has the highest percentage of positive results for both 2000-plus and 1000-plus samples. Certain sports like wrestling, where India has Olympic success, contribute to this trend, with over 6% positive results from 285 samples.


What is Doping? 

Doping refers to the use of prohibited substances or methods to enhance athletic performance.

 Reasons for doping include seeking publicity, recovering from injury, technological advancements, and a win-at-all-costs mindset.

Doping undermines fair play, compromises the spirit of sport, and contradicts the pursuit of excellence. It goes against values like perseverance and courage, hampers moral values in sports, and rewards wrongdoers.

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National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA):

 It was set up as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 on 24th November 2005 with a mandate for Dope-free sports in India. The primary objectives are to implement anti-doping rules as per the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code, regulate dope control programmes, promote education and research and create awareness about doping and its ill effects.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA):

 It was set up in November 1999 and was set up under the International Olympic Committee. WADA is recognised by the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (2005). WADA’s primary role is to develop, harmonize, and coordinate anti-doping regulations across all sports and countries. It does so by ensuring proper implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA Code) and its standards, conducting investigations into doping incidents, conducting research on doping, and educating sportspersons and related personnel on anti-doping regulations.