Sign WADA : Sania, Bhupathi tell cricketers

Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 11:46 [IST]
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Sign WADA : Sania, Bhupathi

Mumbai: Indian cricketers are getting more and more isolated in the sports world as they refuse to sign the "Whereabouts" clause of International cricket council's WADA-compliant Anti-Doping Code.

Tennis stars Mahesh Bhupathai and Sania Mirza on Tuesday requested the Indian cricketers to dismiss all the apprehensions about the controversial 'whereabout' clause of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code and sign on the dotted line.

Sania and Bhupathi stated that WADA initiative was to comb out durg cheats from sports world and and both felt it was duty of every sportspersons to cooperate and contribute to create a dope-free world.

"I have been doing the 'whereabouts' this entire year. I think if the system allows for those who abuse it to be caught we should go with it," Bhupathi said.

"Lots of the tennis players had apprehensions early but we are all doing it," Bhupathi said.

Tennis greats Nadal and Serena Williams are the two most vociferous critics of the clause but both had no choice but to fall in line and sign it.

Indian cricketers, however, believe that the clause, which makes it mandatory to disclose their whereabouts three months in advance, is intrusive and also poses security threats.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came out in support of its players and has asked the International Cricket Council, a WADA signatory, to explore the possibility of having an anti-doping agency of its own.

It has created an embarrassing situation for the ICC as no cricketer from any other country have expressed any reservation so far.

Supporting Bhupathi's view, India's first female Grand Slam title winner Sania Mirza said rules should be same for everyone and hoped the cricketers' concerns could be addressed.

"It would not be fair to all the other sports and sportsmen of the world to make exceptions to WADA's rules and I'm sure any doubts that the cricketers have can be sorted out amicably through consensus before they sign on the dotted line," Sania said.


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