Friday, 10 November 2017 - 17:24
BCCI not allowing anti-doping body to conduct tests on Indian cricketers


The stand-off between the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took another turn today (10) with the latter reiterating that the government body has no jurisdiction to conduct dopes tests on Indian cricketers.
In a letter written on November 8 to NADA chief Navin Agarwal, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri made it clear that there is no requirement for NADA to tests its cricketers since the board is not a National Sports Federation (NSF) and its present anti-doping system is robust enough.
"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 organized or under the aegis of BCCI," Johri wrote in the letter.
BCCI's response was prepared with instructions from Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA).
Besides responding to the NADA chief, Johri also wrote back to the sports secretary, who had approached the BCCI in October to cooperate with NADA.
He further claimed that the BCCI is compliant with the WADA Code.
He further reasoned that since BCCI 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.
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