To facilitate regional cooperation in anti-doping in sports, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has signed an MoU with the South Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SARADO). SARADO consists of Anti-Doping organisations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and through this collaboration, they aim to address the challenges posed by doping activities in sports.
Highlighting the significance of regional partnerships, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Thakur, voiced that such collaborations would help the region evolve and emerge with an empowered approach to the development of the sports sector.
The MoU envisages the development of anti-doping education and prevention programmes in South Asia, training anti-doping education officers, conducting workshops on anti-doping education, exchange of teachers, trainers, etc. Its objectives are expected to be fulfilled within the next three years.
Post the inaugural session, the first project plan meeting was held, wherein the members discussed the objective of developing an anti-doping education plan for South Asia. Further, an overview of project plans, implementation strategies, etc., was presented at the meeting.