BCCI: Indian anti-doping body doesn't have authority to test cricketers
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is refusing to relax its stance and allow India's National Anti-Doping Agency to conduct tests on its players, claiming the organisation has no authority to do so.
In letters sent to NADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Indian sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri stressed that there is no requirement for the Indian doping body to test Indian cricketers as the board is not a ‘National Sports Federation’.
He also insisted that the BCCI’s existing anti-doping provisions are strong enough.
The letters sent on 8 November are reported to be a response to a request by the Indian sports ministry in October for the BCCI to co-operate with NADA, claiming its refusal to do so raises the risk of failing to comply with the WADA code.
However, Johri is quoted by the Times of India stating: “It is relevant to mention here that BCCI is not a National Sports Federation. Accordingly NADA does not have jurisdiction to conduct dope testing of Indian cricketers in any domestic or international event organised or under the aegis of BCCI.
“In light of the aforesaid, there is no requirement for any BCCI official to co-ordinate with NADA for dope testing of Indian cricketers either during competitions or out of competitions.”
the BCCI’s anti-doping policy, he added: “The BCCI 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 [National Dope Testing Laboratory] under
Johri continued: "You will appreciate that for analysis and testing of samples, BCCI adheres to the WADA International Standard of Laboratories and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.
"Accordingly, the BCCI 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 sports secretary, the dope testing for BCCI is conducted under the aegis of the Sports Ministry.”