The Sports Minister of India – Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore recently said that the government no issues with the International Cricket Council (ICC) getting the player tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as it is recognised as a glob organisation.
Reportedly, WADA rejected Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) argument that the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has authority to conduct dope tests on cricketers as the board is an autonomous body and its present anti-doping system is aligned with WADA.
“For us, there are three people that are very important — the players, coaches, and fans. And when doping happens the fans are cheated and fans see sportspersons as icons and inspirations. Doping cheats the fans of their belief and therefore it is incumbent on every sports body to ensure that there is no cheating happening in sports. Cricket is no exception. I am glad that cricket is getting their dope control done through an outside agency but when the entire sports bodies of the country are trusting the National Anti Doping Agency, the cricketers can also do that,” Rathore was heard saying to the reporters here on the sidelines of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
The former shooter made it clear that government has no reservations with the cricketers being tested by WADA.
“When the ICC is registered under WADA, then they have to abide by the doping standards and it’s up to WADA to ensure they get the cricketers dope tested and where they do it can be sorted out. We have no issues with that specifically,” he further mentioned.
However, the Olympic silver medalist further stated that it is the on WADA to decide as ICC is entitled to them.
The apex cricketing body in the country has continuously refused that the cricketers will not undergo the drug test regimen that is followed by the athletes all over the world. WADA’s intervention comes after an audit of NADA’s anti-doping program in April found that the BCCI does not recognize NADA’s authority and neither does it permit any anti-doping scheme in cricket.
The BCCI has strictly opposed the WADA’s drug-testing of Indian cricketers citing “whereabouts clause”. The clause states players have to inform the ICC at the beginning of every quarter of the year, a location and time that they will be available for an hour each day for testing.
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