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WADA to conduct doping tests in IPL

Published: Sunday, May 18, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: A team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has arrived in India to conduct random tests on cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi said as per the ICC rules the WADA team would go about collecting samples from players.

''There are surprise dope tests to begin today. The (WADA) team from Sweden has already come down,'' IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi told mediapersons on Saturday.

''We don't know which team will be subjected to the tests first or which player's samples would be taken first.'' ''As per the ICC rules, the WADA team is here and the dope tests will start immediately,'' he added.

The arrival of the WADA team may come as a worrisome development for Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne and Kolkata Knight Riders' pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar. Both were banned for using performance enhancing drugs in the past.

According to media reports, a large number of syringes have been found in Akhtar's baggage.

When questioned on the matter, Modi denied the reports. ''I have verified the reports, no such things were found,'' he clarified.

The IPL duly drew up a code based on the World Anti Doping (WADA) Code. However the million dollar question is: Can an international player competing in the IPL be sanctioned as per the WADA Code in case there is a 'positive" test and an anti-doping violation charge is proved? Or will the sanction be limited to just the IPL?

Beyond imposing a suspension from the IPL or slapping monetary sanctions, the IPL would be powerless in suspending a player from the game as per ICC rules or WADA Code.

Ironically BCCI does not have an anti-doping code and it is in no position to conduct tests nor sanction a player tested positive.

Agencies 

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