New Delhi: Gearing up to host the Commonwealth Games (CWG) next year, India has reinforced its commitment to check doping in the event and has contributed $20,000 to the International Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sports.
India, in 2007, ratified the International Convention against Doping in Sport, which has been developed by UNESCO. There are 105 other countries signatory to the convention.
The human resource development ministry coordinates with UNESCO on international cooperation on the issue.
“Given India’s commitment to the international campaign against doping in sports, it has announced a contribution of $20,000 to the International Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sports,” a ministry source said.
The convention helps formalise global anti-doping rules, policies and guidelines in order to provide an equitable playing environment for all athletes.
The convention also aims to ensure the effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Code in international law, creating obligations on nations to take steps in accordance with its principles.
Under the convention, the government will need to take specific action to restrict the availability of prohibited substances to athletes, including measures against trafficking and withhold financial support to athletes and support personnel who commit any anti-doping code violation.