The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) in a stern reply to National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has said that the governing body has no authority to conduct a dope test on Indian cricketers.Photo Credit: Getty Images.
In a letter written by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to NADA chief Navin Agarwal, he made it clear that there is no need for NADA to test the cricketers since the board is not a National Sports Federation and its current anti-doping is strong enough.
In the letter prepared with the advice of Supreme Court appointed Committee of Arbitrators, Johri wrote;
“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. In light of the aforesaid, there is no requirement for any BCCI official to coordinate with NADA for dope testing of Indian cricketers either during competitions or out of completions.”
Johri also wrote to the sports secretary, who had approached the BCCI in October to cooperate with NADA. Johri admitted that BCCI’s current anti-doping system is severe enough.
“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 are already being done at WADA accredited laboratory (NDTL) under the aegis of the Sports Ministry.”
Johri further claimed that BCCI is acquiescent with the WADA code.
“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,” the letter further contained.
He further insisted that BCCI is an autonomous body registered with the International Cricket Council (ICC), so they are only required to abide by ICC’s rules.