NADA reduces sample collection of athletes

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New Delhi: India’s dope testing programme, NADA, is facing various logistical problems due to COVID-19, reducing the sample collection of athletes to just 25 percent of earlier numbers.

National Anti-Doping Agency Director General Navin Agarwal, however, said that his organisation will be able to conduct enough number of tests on athletes who have qualified for the Olympics.

Agarwal said that another reason behind the number of dope samples being reduced is that virtually all the sporting events have been cancelled and the national camps have been shut.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has issued new guidelines to its member national bodies about how to ensure the safety of the athletes as well the dope collectors, and Agarwal said his organisation has been taking the necessary precautions.

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