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BCCI says NADA doesn't have power to demand dope test of cricketers

The BCCI response was prepared with instructions from Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BCCI says NADA doesn't have power to demand dope test of cricketers

In a stern response to India's anti-doping body NADA, the has said that government body has no jurisdiction to conduct dopes tests on Indian cricketers.

In a letter written on November 8 to chief Navin Agarwal, CEO made it clear that there is no requirement for to tests its cricketers since the board is not a Federation (NSF) and its present anti-doping system is robust enough.


"It is relevant to mention here that is not a Federation. Accordingly, does not have jurisdiction to conduct dope testing of Indian cricketers in any domestic or international event organised or under the aegis of BCCI," Johri wrote in the letter.

"In light of the aforesaid, there is no requirement for any official to co-ordinate with for dope testing of Indian cricketers either during competitions or out of completions."

The response was prepared with instructions from Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

Besides responding to the chief, Johri also wrote back to the secretary, who had approached the in October to cooperate with

The Ministry had stated that lack of co-operation from on the subject may run the risk of not complying with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

Johri said BCCI's existing anti-doping mechanism is robust enough.

"The already has a robust dope testing mechanism which is employed for both during competitions and out-of- competitions and the testing of samples by IDTM is already being done at WADA accredited laboratory (NDTL) under aegis of the Ministry."

He further claimed that the is compliant with the WADA Code.

"You will appreciate that for analysis and testing of samples, adheres to the WADA International Standard of Laboratories and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

"Accordingly, the has engaged the services of same expert sample collection agency that is also engaged by the ICC to prove sample collection services viz, International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM).

"The IDTM sends the collected samples for testing to a WADA accredited laboratory viz, National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), as mandated by WADA. Since the CEO of NDTL is secretary, the dope testing for is conducted under the aegis of the Ministry," wrote Johri.

He further reasoned that since is an autonomous body affiliated to the International Cricket Council (ICC), it is only required to operate within the rules and regulations of the ICC.

First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 15:45 IST
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