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NADA utilises Khelo for mass anti-doping awareness programmes

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

The (NADA) is utilising Youth Games platform to conduct mass awareness programmes for the 6,000 competing athletes from around the country.

spoke with some athletes who attended the anti-doping awareness session here on Wednesday.

"We know that this a great platform to spread awareness since the athletes here represent the cream of India's young talent, some of whom will go on to represent the country at the highest levels," Aggarwal was quoted as saying in a issued here.

"As many as 12 athletes tested positive for prohibited substances at the Khelo School Games in last year and that is the reason we are reaching out to every here," the DG noted.

In response to a question, Aggarwal revealed that besides publishing the (WADA) prohibited list on its website, had opened a helpline to assist athletes in case they have a query.

He also advised the athletes to mention in the dope control form any prescribed medicines that they may have consumed in the time before the sample collection.

has roped in medicine specialists Dr PSM Chandran and Dr CS Jayaprakash to conduct comprehensive, interactive sessions with the young athletes in batches.

Over the past two days, over 700 athletes have been part of the anti-doping awareness programme.

Meanwhile, NADA has already collected 19 out of competition samples from weightlifting, and

The NADA said many tests would be conducted during the Games that will run through to January 20.

Last year, NADA had collected 377 samples during Khelo School Games, the release added.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 17:40 IST