August 10, 2009

ICC anti-doping policy

Cricketers have chance to improve anti-doping policy

Nishi Narayanan

Indian cricketers have been criticised for their refusal to sign the ICC anti-doping policy which includes a clause by which they must inform of their location for an hour each day for a period of three months. However Rajyavardhan Rathore, an Olympic silver medallist in shooting, believes by standing its ground the cricket establishment has a unique opportunity to help improve a system that has worldwide compliance and protects athletes who commit years of training to compete at the highest level, from being cheated by dope-criminals. He writes in his blog:

WADA spends millions of dollars on research. So why isn’t it possible to come up with an alternative way for out-of-competition testing? The practical issues around administering out-of-competition testing are also amusing, considering many of India's sportspersons have their roots in villages and often visit them, the addresses given out could be as unidentifiable as taal no 3, or quila no 6, near jhulli walan gali, Gandhi Nagar. Indian villages are not completely mapped or on GPS like the western world and finding such locations is quite impossible without the entire village knowing about outsiders looking very lost.

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Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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