New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) After years of efforts and wait, the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was today accreditated by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the global body's Executive Committee meeting in Montreal, Canada.
WADA confirmed that NDTL has fulfilled all the requirements of its accreditation process monitored by the Agency's Laboratory Working Committee.
NDTL has now become the 34th such laboratory in the world and seventh in Asia after Beijing, Penang (Malaysia), Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and Ankara (Turkey).
''The Executive Committee approved the accreditation of the new laboratory in New Delhi, India. The National Dope Testing Laboratory has successfully completed the requirements of the WADA accreditation process monitored by the Agency's Laboratory Working Committee,'' WADA said in a release from its headquarters, Montreal.
''The New Delhi laboratory thus becomes the 34th WADA accredited laboratory in the world,'' the release added.
For years, India was making efforts to get an internationally recognised dope testing laboratory and with NDTL now being given WADA accreditation, India will not have to depend on the laboratories in Malaysia or Thailand for dope testing.
Sports Minister MS Gill said he would want to see the NDTL operational as a fully WADA-accredited laboratory at the earliest, keeping in mind the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune.
He said steps have already started towards operationalising the laboratory as a WADA-accredited one.
''Various steps are being taken to make it technologically more compact and ensure highest level of staff and supervision. The newly constituted governing body of the NADA took several steps in this direction,'' he said.
Gill further added that it was a result of efforts that went in for many years and hailed the WADA decision to accredit NDTL in its Executive Committee meeting.
''We were pursuing it vigorously at various levels on a day-to-day basis for the last four months. In the meeting with the Director General and Chairman of WADA during the Beijing Olympics, I forcefully put forward the case, stating that India would have an anti-doping regime better than anybody else in testing capabilities and its management,'' Gill said.
He added that during a meeting of the Sports Ministers of the Commonwealth countries he had said, ''if we want to win more gold medals it should be with honour and full integrity.'' UNI RAR RKM KN2045