Wednesday, October 20, 2021

IPL 2021 No dope test for Players in UAE as BCCI restricts access to NADA officials after Corona Threat

New Delhi. Players involved in the second half of IPL 2021 running in UAE can avoid doping test. Because they will not undergo any dope test during the tournament. The reason for this is BCCI. In fact, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked the officials of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to enter the bio-bubble prepared for the IPL due to the strict bio-bubble protocol and fear of corona infection. Not even allowed.

Even in the first phase of IPL 2021, there were fewer dope tests due to Corona. However, after NADA’s DCO (Doping Control Officer) got corona infected, the BCCI stopped the test completely. The BCCI initially allowed three DCS (Dope Control Stations) in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi and allowed the DCOs to enter the bio-bubble during the first phase of IPL 2021. But after NADA’s dope control officer was found to be corona positive, the entry in the bio-bubble was banned.

This time NADA, which allows mandatory dope test at sporting events in India, has not sent any official to UAE after BCCI denied entry.

BCCI did not allow NADA officials
Obviously, the BCCI is apprehensive about the presence of a doping official in the IPL bio-bubble. Especially, when the Times of India had reported in one of its news that in the first half of the IPL, the corona report came positive within the bio-bubble of an official associated with the doping agency. After this the trial was stopped. Because the DCO who was found infected took samples of some players and members of the support staff.

Later some players were also caught by the virus and the tournament was postponed in the first week of May. However, this time around, the BCCI and NADA could not reach an agreement on collecting samples for doping testing. Because the BCCI was reluctant to allow the DCOs to enter the strict bio-bubble of the IPL. After Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler T Natarajan got infected with Corona, the BCCI is further scared.

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There was no doping test in the last IPL as well.
Last year too, Nada had to face a similar situation during the IPL held in UAE. Even then the BCCI allowed him to enter the UAE’s IPL bio-bubble. Even though the national agency had to set up five DCS and conduct dope tests of a minimum of 50 players.

BCCI ignoring doping rules
The BCCI is preferring itself to a doping control system over WADA rules. Because of this the Indian board is under question. Earlier, Prithvi Shaw has faced a ban for failing a doping test. At the same time, Yusuf Pathan, Pradeep Sangwan have been suspended for the first doping violation.

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