`No banned substances found during NADA`s surprise checks`

New Delhi: No banned substances were found from the possession of athletes during the National Anti Doping Agency`s (NADA) recently-conducted surprise checks at various sports centres in the country, Sports Minister Ajay Maken informed the Lok Sabha.

The surprise checks were conducted at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala; Sports Authority of India Southern Centre, Bangalore; Sports Authority of India Central Centre, Bhopal and Calicut, PT Usha School of Athletics, he said.

The minister, in a written reply to a question by S S Ramasubbu, further stated that the Government has issued directions to NADA to conduct surprise checking of centres of Sports Authority of India and the sports federations regularly.

He also informed the House that NADA has taken a number of steps to curb the menace of doping in sports which include increasing the frequency of testing of athletes during in competition and out-of-competition.

This includes core probables undergoing training at various centres for London Olympics and surprise checking of rooms of athletes, coaches and support personnel at training institutes and surprise collection of samples.

Other measures include distribution of educational material related to dope amongst sportspersons, coaches and support personnel, increase in seminar, workshops with athletes and coaches and closer surveillance and vigilance on coaches and support personnel through their employers, he stated.