India pledges USD 1 million to WADA for scientific research

17th Dec

India pledges USD 1 million to WADA for scientific research

India's donation comes at a time when the country's anti-doping program has been adversely affected by suspension of its suspended National Dope Testing Laboratory, which is to be inspected by WADA early next year. India has pledged USD one million to the World Anti-Doping Agency's scientific research budget, the "highest among contributions made by other world governments".

The total contribution of all member nations will be matched by an equal sum by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to create a corpus of USD 10 million.

WADA chief Witold Banka said that the "This is a massive boost for WADA and for Clean Sport. The agency is grateful to the Government of China, Egypt, India and Saudi Arabia for supporting the protection of sport in this way,". WADA thanked India for the contribution.
"Both areas have delivered significant achievements in recent years and these additional resources will contribute greatly towards WADA's mission for doping-free sport."