ICL players undergo dope tests in Bangalore

Published: Saturday, August 2, 2008, 23:20 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Indian Cricket League (ICL), to ensure a clean drug free competition, has conducted extensive dope tests on its contracted players during the ongoing training camp here.

ICL hired the services of pathology giants SRL Ranbaxy to conduct tests on wards and educate them.
The camp, while focusing on extreme health and fitness training, under the guidance of Jock Campbell, who is the high performance director for ICL, saw 68 exciting and budding talents trying to outdo each other in the last seven days.

ICL executive board member Kiran More said, ''For the first time in the history of Indian cricket, specialists like throwing coach (Mathew James Buckley) and sprint coach (Zane Allan Campbell) have been roped in for a conditioning camp.

''Our vision has been to promote healthy fitter cricketers and therefore at the camp, we have invited SRL Ranbaxy to educate our players with the anti-doping guidelines as well as to conduct comprehensive tests under their strict guidelines,'' he added.

Jock Campbell, who is a world-leading expert on physical performance, health, recovery and the travelling athlete said, It was of paramount importance for fitness and conditioning to be achieved by the players through fair and ethical means.

''We had already stated that one of the major activities at the camp would involve a detailed re-briefing, educating all the ICL players on the international doping policy. It is important to update our boys on the pharmaceutical products that may, unwittingly, expose them to banned substances,'' Cambell added.


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