Q. Consider the following statements about National Dope Testing Laboratory:
1. It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
2. NDTL has regained the accreditation of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

About the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL):

NDTL is a premier analytical testing & research organization established as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It is the only laboratory in the country responsible for human sports dope testing.

Significance of NDTL getting back the accreditation

  • NDTL accreditation was suspended in 2019 because of its failure to comply with global standards.
  • During the suspension period, urine samples collected by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) were being sent primarily to the WADA-accredited lab in Doha.
  • The process had made the anti-doping programme very expensive for the country because of the significant cost involved in sending samples abroad.
  • Hence, getting back the accreditation will reduce the cost and will be a boost to India’s efforts to achieve the highest global standards of excellence in sport.

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