Two agencies are disagreeing about testing players.
The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) has refused to follow the National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA) guidelines on testing players, citing that they have already hired a private company to do the testing. The BCCI hired International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM), a Swedish-based firm and approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The Indian Sports Ministry wants NADA to conduct the testing on its players. They are pressuring the BCCI to allow this by putting South Africa’s men, women, and “A” team’s visas on hold.
South Africa’s women, men, and “A” teams are scheduled to visit India. “We are awaiting confirmation from the BCCI that they will follow the rules and regulations promoted by the government to ensure fair play and treatment to all athletes. Rule of law states that the law is equal for all and everybody is equal before the law, including the BCCI and athletes registered by it,” sports Secretary RS Julaniya said.
The BCCI said that they will give NADA a six month-period to test its players despite rules such as knowing where players are at all times. This, they said, is a clear violation of privacy.
The issue of the BCCI not complying to NADA is not an old one. This time, however, the agency is making sure that they will only accept total compliance or stop the “A” games from being played altogether. To find out more about the different cricket leagues, visit Betwala’s page.
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