Anti Doping Awareness Programme

NADA is actively involved in educating the athletes/sportspersons located at various training centres throughout India. NADA has been organizing workshops/seminars and awareness programme on Anti Doping issues. 


Mass Athlete Awareness Program Against Doping (MAAPAD)

NADA has developed an extensive education program namely Mass Athlete Awareness Program Against Doping (MAAPAD).MAAPAD is a comprehensive program that has been planed with an objective to deal with different stakeholders in the country..



  • To create anti doping awareness among sportspersons and support personnel including stakeholders.
  • Dissemination of anti doping information with the help of digital/electronic media.
  • With the aim to decrease the incidence of doping amongst Indian Sportspersons and promote fair play sprit.


Target Groups for Awareness/Training Campaign

NADA is conducting anti doping awareness/training workshops through Sports Institutions, SAI Centres, State Sports Associations, Universities/Colleges:

  • National core group athletes (SAI Camp)
  • Young athletes (STC Inmates and School athletes)
  • Coaches & supporting staff
  • Physical education teachers


Athlete outreach program for School level athletes

Outreach program during in competition specially at Jr. and Sub Jr./Youth level events.


Stakeholders involved in Anti Doping Awareness Campaign

  • Sports Authority of India
  • National Sports Federations
  • All India University
  • School Games Federation of India
  • Services/Police Sports Authorities
  • State Sports Association and Departments

Who makes the rules?

As a signatory to the World Anti-Doping code, NADA complies with standards developed by WADA which applied uniformly across the Globe.

List of Prohibited Substances

The list has substances and methods prohibited in sport. It is updated annually. NADA publishes a summary of updates on the website as and when they occur. For any queries about medication or substances in them, athletes can reach out to NADA via the helpline.

  • The list is managed and updated by WADA every year and comes into effect on January 1st. WADA can make changes more than once a year. Changes are made public for a three month period before coming into effect.
  • There are three kinds of substances in the list — Those prohibited at all times; those prohibited in-competition; those prohibited in certain sports.
  • Not all prohibited substances are named specifically. Substances with similar chemical composition, even if not named, are prohibited.
  • If a substance is found in an athlete’s system (doesn’t matter if the athlete didn’t take it deliberately) and is prohibited, athletes are likely to face consequences.

Consequences of Doping

Cheating has consequences. Basic doping rules are as follows.

  • If athletes are found to have ‘intended to cheat’, he/she will be declared ineligible from competition for up to four years.
  • If an athlete can show no significant fault or negligence, he/she may be declared ineligible for up to two years — or a minimum of one year depending on intention and degree of fault.
  • Presence of multiple substances and multiple violations can increase sanctions beyond four years.
  • Repeated violations can result in a life ban.
Page last modified on: Aug 31, 2022

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