The Union sports ministry of India has disclosed that the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary and Appeals Panels have been reconstituted and will be announced in the next few days.

Last week, Indian sports minister Jitendra Singh, who is also the chairman of the governing body of the National Anti-Doping Agency, approved the names of the former Indian hockey captain Zafar Iqbal and boxing great Venu.

Justice CK Mahajan, who was the chief of the National Anti-Doping Appeals Panel (NADAP), will be replaced by Justice ML Verma while Justice Dinesh Dayal, who headed the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (NADDP), will continue for the third term. These two panels had been rendered inactive after the two-year terms of the existing members (15 on the five disciplinary panels and 6 on the appeals panel) ended in December.

“We will officially announce the names next week and the committees should start functioning in about a week or 10 days,” ministry sources told TOI. “There are a lot of fresh faces in the new committees.

We realised that in the previous panel there were a few who did not turn up despite being appointed to it while there were others who had expressed their wish to be relieved.”

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