Doping is an offence and to prevent it, the Government of India (GOI) launched the Scheme for Dope Test (SDT), in association with the Sports Authority of India (SAI). This scheme is predominantly run by SAI through an advanced dope test centre.
After recognizing the urgent need for checking doping issues in collaboration with the global anti-doping community, the Government of India became the member of the Foundation Board of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This agency was set up at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In December 2004, the Government of India signed the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti Doping, which was approved by the Cabinet on 15th December, 2004.
Since the intake of performance enhancing drugs mars the sporting spirit of the game, the Government of India created the Scheme for Dope Test (SDT) to educate sports persons, coaches and associated personnel about the harmful effects of dope. The Government also set up an IOC accredited dope control centre under this scheme, for testing players for doping and drugs.
The Scheme for Dope Test (SDT) also promotes research and training, related to sports doping. Under this scheme, financial assistance is also provided for the purchase of equipment, purchase of consumable and non-consumable goods, and conducting workshops for sports persons, coaches and associated personnel. The Central Government grants financial assistance to the Sports Authority of India, under whose authorized control the dope test centre functions.