NDTL was initially suspended for not following WADA's standard guidelines for international laboratories. Additional expenses of sending samples to foreign WADA-accredited labs meant that NADA had to manage within the allocated funds and that, inadvertently, impacted its annual target of testing.
"It's big setback towards anti-doping programme in the country," said an official familiar with the development on the extension of NDTL's suspension.
Probably the reason why the Union government increased the revenue (revised budget) for the 2020-21 budget from Rs.2 crore to Rs.10 crore was to enable the sports ministry to make the $1million (Rs.7.3 crore) contribution to WADA for the research.
The government was expecting WADA to send its panel for onsite inspection of NDTL to revoke the suspension as the lab has updated itself with WADA guidelines for laboratories. But the global anti-doping agency is yet to reinstate NDTL accreditation. It means NDTL can't carry out its activities, including analysis of urine and blood samples of athletes.
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