We Are Working Towards Getting NDTL Suspension Revoked in Two Months: Rijiju

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: India is working towards getting the suspension on National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) revoked in two months, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday, expressing confidence after initiating a slew of corrective measures.Rijiju’s comments came soon after he made an extensive visit to the laboratory in the presence of National Anti-Doping Agency Director General Navin Agarwal and NDTL Scientific Director PL Sahu. “No doubt it is a setback but I just visited the laboratory and had a detailed review and we will take urgent corrective steps which are technical in nature. We will manage,” Rijiju told PTI.”It shouldn’t take six months, we will get it revoked in two months. We will make an appeal and we have already started working in our case.” The World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the NDTL’s accreditation for six months in a massive blow to the country’s anti-doping programme, which had left the sports ministry surprised as it had claimed WADA’s concerns were duly addressed.Stating that the NDTL is one of the best dope testing facilities in Asia, Rijiju said it was disheartening for the WADA to take such a decision after the Indian lab had begun a “course correction” of the issues faced by it “in the past”.”The NDTL has been an issue for sometime. When I assumed responsibility of sports minister I came to know that WADA has raised certain questions and served a notice on the NDTL. So I told my officials to look into the matter,” he said.”But before we could take corrective steps they suspended us. What I have seen is there were issues in the past, but most of them have been resolved and there are certain things which are yet to be done.”But it is very unfortunate that when we were doing corrective steps and nearing solution of all the issues, this suspension decision has come,” he added. DopingKiren RijijuNADANational Dope Testing Laboratory First Published: August 26, 2019, 10:04 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kane Williamson named New Zealand Test captain

first_imgLeading batsman Kane Williamson has been confirmed as New Zealand’s 29th Test captain. The 25-year-old Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats.New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Willimason “has been a leader within the team for a long time and already shown himself to be an extremely capable captain. He is respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field, and has a superb cricket brain.”Williamson said he had learned a lot from McCullum and “the culture that he and Mike (Hesson) have cultivated has been a huge part of this team’s success in recent times.”last_img read more