Sports minister backs WADA

Published: Monday, August 3, 2009, 15:31 [IST]
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Sports minister backs WADA

New Delhi: BCCI and Indian cricketers have strong reservation about the “wherabouts" clause of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but Sports minister MS Gill strongly supports the WADA rule.

India's leading cricketers were unhappy with the whereabouts clause of WADA, which stipulates players must tell doping authorities where they will be for one hour every day over a set period of time.

The BCCI Working Committee, which met in Mumbai on Sunday, to sort out the issue of senior players refused to sign the WADA Anti-Doping Code to which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a signatory.

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Speaking to media during a Conference of State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports, Gill said that the rule does not amount to a violation of players" right to privacy and that the players should co-operate with the governing body.

“World Anti-Doping Agency's 'whereabout' clause is not infringement on players' privacy," Gill said.

“All sportspersons should cooperate with World Anti-Doping Agency," he added.


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