On May 12, 2020, Former Commonwealth Games gold-winning Indian boxer Akhil Kumar, 39 years old, was re-inducted into the National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA) Disciplinary Panel. He was formerly in the panel from 2017 to 2019.
i.About Akhil Kumar: Akhil Kumar currently serves as the ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) Gurugram, Haryana. He practices an “open guarded” boxing style.
ii.In 2005, the Indian government gave him the Arjuna Award for his achievements in international boxing.
iii.The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GOI), also appointed Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing between 2017 and 2019.
iv.Akhil also added that he has been a part of this panel earlier and also renders his best service to fulfil the responsibility of this role in future.
v.NADA: The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is the national organisation responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control program in sports in all its forms in India.
vi.NADA was set up as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 on November 24, 2005 with a mandate for Dope free sports in India. It also includes scientists and representatives from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
vii.The primary functions of NADA are as under:
- To implement the Anti Doping Code to achieve compliance by all sports organizations in the Country.
- To coordinate dope testing programs through all participating stakeholders.
- To promote anti doping research and education to inculcate the value of dope free sports.
- To adopt best practice standards and quality systems to enable effective implementation and continual improvement of the program.
Motto– Play fair.
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director-General– Navin Agarwal.