WC 2003 - World Cup dope test precautionary measure: Dalmiya

Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003, 0:32 [IST]
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Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Saturday said the dope test conducted on the Indian squad for the World Cup was a 'precautionary measure' undertaken to pre-empt any possibility of recurrence of a 'case like Sunita Rani'. "Dope-testing would be introduced for the first time in this World Cup. We are therefore taking precautions," Dalmiya told reporters here.Pointing out that "it is a new subject for us", the Board president said the team management was cautious and taking steps to ensure that "we don't have a case like Sunita Rani".All the 15 members of the World Cup-bound squad underwent a dope test at Auckland in New Zealand on Friday for the first time.The BCCI, which was given a list of banned substances by the ICC in August, gave a go-ahead for conducting the test in view of the fact that drug-testing would be mandatory during the World Cup because of government regulations in South Africa. Long distance runner Sunita Rani was incorrectly tested positive during the Busan Asian Games. She was later given a clean chit by the International Olympic Association. PTI

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