WADA warns ICC of intervening if Indian Cricket doping row doesn't resolve

The BCCI doesn't allow National Anti-Doping Agency to drug-test it's players.

The WADA has warned ICC over the matter | Getty

International Cricket Council has been given a warning by the World Anti-Doping Agency of intervention if the standoff between BCCI administrators and the country's drug-testing body doesn't resolve immediately. 

A spokesman from the WADA affirmed the development that the ICC were sent a letter in July been asked to settle the existing dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). 

If the matter doesn't resolve quickly, the ICC will be considered a non-compliant of the global anti-doping body, with the case being overseen by WADA's Compliance Review Committee. 

The BCCI has had a long-standing tussle with NADA, with the game's governing body of the country refusing to allow the Indian anti-doping agency to conduct drug tests on its players. 

The WADA has even released an official statement on the matter, which reads, "Pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code, the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has testing authority over athletes who are nationals, residents, license holders or members of sport organizations in India or who are present in India,"

"However the Indian NADA has not been allowed by the BCCI to conduct testing on athletes from the sport of cricket."

The issue, even ICC CEO David Richardson said last week, is damaging to cricket's aspiration of becoming an Olympic sport in the year 2028. 

Richardson was quoted saying by the Times of India as, "We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA, We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it's not going to happen unless we are a unified sport." 

"At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects," he added. 

(Inputs from Cricketnext)


By Kashish Chadha - 30 Sep, 2018

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