This is the largest contribution to WADA by any government
India is set to shell out $1 million to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) scientific research budget to innovate and upgrade anti-doping testing and detection methods. The money will also be used to further strengthen WADA's independent Investigations and Intelligence Department.
The sum promised is the highest contribution by any such government in the world.
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote to WADA president Witold Banka stating, "I am happy to share with you that the Government of India is pledging a "one-off" financial support of $1 million to this WADA Fund for scientific R&D and (I&I) with the hope that this contribution from India will boost the efforts to achieve the target of $10 million for this fund."
This amount is an additional contribution apart from the annual sum that is already pledged to WADA's core budget.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will match the amount that will be accumulated after all member associations put in their contributions. The target is to create a corpus fund of $10 million.
The idea of this fund came to shape during WADA's Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Katowice, Poland in 2019 to enhance efforts to keep all sports clean from doping.
India's dope testing centre currently remains suspended and WADA will once again inspect it in 2021 and decide whether it can resume operation.
Banka welcomed India's generous contribution and said, "This is a massive boost for WADA and for clean sport. The agency is grateful to the governments of China, Egypt, India and Saudi Arabia for supporting the protection of sport in this way.
"These generous contributions can be seen as a strong commitment from these nations and will be put to good use enhancing scientific research, as well as the work of WADA's independent (I&I) department. Both areas have delivered significant achievements in recent years and these additional resources will contribute greatly towards WADA's mission for doping-free sport."