Drug testing in cricket:

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)  stating players' privacy. BCCI a private body not funded by the government feels no binding, despite consistent pressure from WADA over the year. The Sports Ministry has ordered the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to make sure Indian cricketers are subjected to dope-testing, initially In-Competition and then Out-of-Competition testing.

The Sports Ministry's directive comes after World Anti-Doping Agency wrote a strongly-worded letter to Sports Ministry, throwing light on the consequences of India could face if BCCI failed to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency code, according to Cricbuzz.

BCCI is a public body. It's true that it doesn't take any financial grant from the ministry, but like any other national sports federation (NSF), it has to take permission to hold international tournaments and bilateral series. So, it can't continue saying we won't allow NADA to test cricketers but engage a private international dope testing firm (IDTM) for sample collection," the official told the Times of India. If BCCI failed to follow the directives, it could lose its accreditation, which in turn would affect other sports' participation in global events, including the Olympics.

Sports ministry official mentioned that they would not hesitate to take the BCCI to court if they continued resisting drug tests from World Anti-Doping. Agency.International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM) a Swedish firm has been entrusted to test the cricketers, instead of World Anti-Doping Agency.

Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar stated "I have instructed NADA's director general Mr.Navin Agarwal to send his DCOs to cricket tournaments in India to collect the samples of cricketers. If the BCCI resists or creates any hurdle in NADA's functioning, we won't hesitate from taking further action against the cricket board."

He further stated "We will first start with in-competition testing during matches played in India. Then, we will gradually move forward (to conduct out-of-competition testing)

Indian cricketers have so far been subjected to only "In-Competition" tests where only urine samples are tested during domestic and international matches in the country.

However,  World Anti-Doping Agency would want the players to also undergo Out-of-Competition testing, which would require them to sign the "Whereabouts clause".

Simply put, the cricketers will have to provide information about their whereabouts to the drug testing body in advance during the off-season so sample collectors could go to the location and do their job.

 Senior player MS Dhoni and others have in the past had reservations about the clause as they felt it would hamper their privacy and also contribute to security risks.

Some players have even confessed receiving terror threats after declaring their whereabouts.

World Anti-Doping Agency had been arguing against Indian cricketer's stand since other international sportspersons from football, tennis, sprint has been submitting to Out-of-Competition test.

 

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