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June 1, 2010
The BCCI has announced that it will not send a cricket team from India, in both men and women categories, for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. The board said the teams will not be available for the global event between November 12 and 27 because of the international schedule.
"We would not be able to send our team, both men and women, for the Asian Games in China because of international commitments," the BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said in Mumbai. "We have communicated the same to the Indian Olympic Association."
Twenty20 cricket was formally approved for the Asian Games at the Olympic Council of Asia's General Assembly in Kuwait recently. India will be busy hosting New Zealand for a Test and ODI series in November. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are expected to send teams for the Asian games.
The contentious 'whereabouts' clause in the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) had also threatened to affect India's participation in major events like the Asian Games. The Indian players are yet to fall in line with the code because the BCCI sees the clause as an infringement on privacy. When asked if India's participation in the Asian Games was in jeopardy, David Howman, the WADA director general, said it would be up to the Olympic Council of Asia to take a call.
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