India takes first digital step to educate athletes on doping

A new app launched by NADA aims to make athletes aware of banned substances and various other aspects of doping.

By Rahul Venkat

India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) have launched its own digital mobile application to educate athletes on consumption of banned substances that enhance performance.

“It is a very important step for Indian sport because we are working towards clean sports and the first step in that direction is to create awareness and provide relevant, accessible information to athletes,” Kiren Rijiju, the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in India, said during the online launch.

“With this app, athletes can check for themselves the list of prohibited substances and don’t have to depend on anyone else for assistance.”

The NADA India app, currently available for download on the Google Play Store for Android devices, also informs users about whether a specific commonly prescribed medicine contains any substance that is prohibited by NADA.

It is a process that will help coaches to decide medicines that athletes can consume in case they are unwell.

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While the main aim of the app is to make athletes better aware of banned substances, it also contains other, easily accessible information on various aspects of sport, and aims for better communication between NADA and the athletes.

The app also has the option to allow doping control officers to schedule a test according to the availability of an athlete, making the process quicker and smoother to carry out.

The launch of the initiative bodes well in time for the return of live sports, with certain athletes resuming training at sporting centres or at their homes.

The app will assist the anti-doping body to speed up the process of identifying cases while also performing the dual role of athlete awareness.