WADA wants BCCI's compliance to conduct anti-doping tests
new delhi: If the Board of Control for Cricket in India refuses to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the National Anti-Doping Agency, as is mandated, should the latter be penalised by the World Anti-Doping Agency?
This is the question that has come up following the reported communication from WADA that NADA could be risking its compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code in case it was not capable of being fully effective in carrying out tests across all sports in the country.
The WADA undertook an audit of India's anti-doping measures last April, flagged several points and sought corrective measures from NADA and the Sports Ministry. The process could be going on, as it is with several other countries, but one of the contentious issues happened to be the "independent" functioning of the BCCI anti-doping machinery and its refusal to come under the NADA umbrella.
WADA's letter to the Sports minister has reportedly sought urgent assistance from the minister in helping NADA implement the anti-doping programme in cricket with the co-operation of the BCCI.
WADA has told the minister that it was "following up" with the International Cricket Council. The ICC needs to be told to fall in line with the WADA rules before any "follow-up" action can become meaningful from a long-term perspective.
It was always difficult to understand how WADA could deem the ICC as Code-compliant. It is all the more so now when one looks at the ICC's complicity in legitimising BCCI's refusal to recognise NADA's existence and its authority through an amendment to its own anti-doping code.
One had not noticed this amendment since the version of the ICC anti-doping code became effective from December 15 2016.