Indian Athletes And 2016 Rio Olympics
There is good news for Indian athletes who will be participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The ministry has decided to double the daily allowance of the national campers so that they can buy good quality dietary supplements. The ministry has also decided to increase the daily allowances of junior athletes to 75% of the amount that will be provided to senior athletes.
According to the ministry order, athletes that will be competing in power games under Category A that includes boxing, taekwondo, weight lifting and throw events will receive Rs700 per day as compared to the previous Rs320 allowance. Athletes under Category B that include sprinters and team events will get Rs400 daily while those qualifying under Category C that includes golf, shooting and archery will be entitled to Rs300 per day.
The ministry has also released a revised list of 14 branded and generic food supplements that will be procured by the Sport Authority of India (SAI). Athletes who prefer branded food supplements that are not available with SAI will have to approach the national federation to make them available. On the other hand, it is the job of SAI to procure the supplements from companies that have been empowered by the government and if they allow the federations to directly purchase food supplements, the ministry runs the risks of increased dope-related issues in the future.
Independent procurement of food supplements for athletes from different companies can be a rather tricky matter. Even if the ministry has made it mandatory that procurement of food supplements should only be made after getting a certificate for safety and WADA compliance, there is no 100% guarantee that supplements are banned substances. The federation might err on this subject because WADA will never accept a plea for a banned substance once it is found in testing. For the record, WADA has conducted random tests in 45 countries to ascertain the quality of food supplements.
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